Roskomnadzor blocked the site of the Sverdlovsk government publication because of the comic material “How to take and give bribes”

Roskomnadzor blocked the website of the Sverdlovsk newspaper Oblastnaya Gazeta because of the 2017 material “How to take and give bribes so that they don’t take them for it later.” Dmitry Polyanin, editor-in-chief of Oblastnaya Gazeta, wrote about this on his Facebook page.

“The site is blocked. Online media with an audience of one million readers a month for the period of the end of the election campaign to the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the Legislative Assembly of the Sverdlovsk region is deprived of the opportunity to inform citizens, “Polyanin said.

A few hours later, he  said that the website of the “Oblastnaya Gazeta” had been unblocked.

According to Polyanin, the reason for the blocking was the article “How to take and give bribes so that they would not be taken for it later.” This is the text of the satirical magazine “Krasnaya Burda”, which was reprinted by “Oblastnaya Gazeta”.

In 2018, a court in the Saratov region declared this material banned for distribution, after which it was removed. But in 2019, a court in Yekaterinburg, to which Oblastnaya Gazeta complained, lifted the ban on publishing the text.

Oblastnaya Gazeta is a socio-political newspaper published in Yekaterinburg. Its  founders  are the governor of the Sverdlovsk region and the regional legislative assembly.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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