Yesterday, March 21, 2022, the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow satisfied the claims requirements of the Prosecutor General’s Office and recognized the activities of social networks Instagram and Facebook, owned by Meta Platforms, an extremist, banning them in Russia. The decision of the court entered into force immediately.Let me remind you that the Prosecutor General’s Office applied to the court with this requirement at the beginning of the last week, after Meta management allowed users of Facebook and Instagram to call for violence against Russians in some countries and the Russian military in the context of the “special operation in Ukraine”. Roskomnadzor and the FSB filed requests with the court with similar claims.
Now that Meta’s activities are officially recognized as extremist, TASS quotes the words of the prosecutor, who assured that the messenger owned by Meta WhatsApp does not cover this.
The representative of the prosecutor’s office also stated that ordinary individuals and legal entities all this will not affect:
At the same time, a lawyer and head of the Agora International Human Rights Group, Pavel Chikov told reporters that, for example, buying ads on Instagram and Facebook can now be seen as financing extremism.
Also in his Telegram channel, he writes that “ownership of Meta shares gives the right to participation in the management of the company, including in the meeting of shareholders <…> Participation in activity of an extremist organization is also a crime (Part 2 article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
This point of view is shared by another lawyer, head of Yusufov Group Asad Yusufov:
Yusufov also believes that the next step after recognizing the activities Instagram and Facebook may become extremist entering into administrative Code of the Russian Federation of the relevant changes, which will provide for responsibility for users who will be recognized as accomplices.
Let me remind you that we also wrote that Backbone provider Cogent disconnects Russian companies.
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