In Russia, the first administrative case was initiated against Valery Nechay, former editor-in-chief of “Ekho of Petersburg” radio station, for his reposting of an article by the independent Russian publication Meduza (recognized as a “foreign agent” and declared an “undesirable organization” in Russia). The case was initiated under Article 20.33 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation for participation in the activities of an “undesirable” organization. The human rights project “First Department” told about it today.
It follows from the letter at the disposal of the “First Department” lawyers (Nechay did not receive it himself) that the Admiralty District Prosecutor’s Office of St. Petersburg received from the city prosecutor’s office materials of an investigation into the distribution of information materials of the organization, which is considered undesirable in the Russian Federation.
Valery Nechay was summoned to the prosecutor’s office to present a copy of this document. Nechay said that he did not know what kind of reposts were the basis for the prosecution and expressed “great respect” for the founders of the publication.