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The OVD-Info site, an NGO which intends to “monitor political persecution”, has been blocked. In question: the Russian justice ruled that the NGO had disseminated information aimed “at justifying the activities of extremist and terrorist associations”.

The Russian telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked the website of the NGO OVD-Info in Russia, according to information reported on December 25 by the Tass agency. According to the same source, this follows a decision of the Moscow region (Lukhovitsky district) court on December 20.

The court considered illegal the dissemination by the NGO of information which “aims to justify the activities of extremist and terrorist associations and the actions of participants in such organizations, published on the NGO’s information resource. […] as well as on its accounts in social networks ”. According to Roskomnadzor, “requests have been sent to social media administrations to delete the organization’s accounts.”

OVD-Info defined itself on its own site, before its closure, as an organization that “monitors political persecution and abuse of power by the police”. “The project provides legal advice to detainees and represents lawyers,” the NGO reported.

OVD-Info denounces “an act of censorship”

The latter reacted publicly, on Telegram, to the announcement of the blocking of its site: “The reasons for the blocking are unknown to us. No official notification on the audit of the prosecution and no request to remove illegal content has been sent to us. No more information about the court hearing or the blocking of the site, ”the organization was surprised.

And to add: “We consider this secret blockade as an act of censorship at the level of the State whose aim is to put an end to our work. We do not recognize this censorship and we will continue to work on our media project ”.

The NGO said it would “certainly” appeal the court’s decision and do everything possible to ensure that its public “always have access to [ses] news, services, legal instructions and other documents ”.

An NGO classified in Russia among “foreign agents”

In addition to the blocking of its site by Roskomnadzor, OVD-Info is considered by the Russian authorities as a “foreign agent”.

In Russia, the entities or individuals so labeled must, according to a law of 2012, register with the authorities, carry out regular administrative procedures and clearly indicate this status in their publications, under penalty of fines or prohibitions. This measure aims, according to the parliamentarians who voted for it, to guarantee transparency for Russian citizens on these organizations.

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