The Prosecutor General’s Office explained why it is forbidden to call a war a war – this “assumes the onset of legal consequences”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine cannot be called a war, since the use of the term “war” implies  legal consequences”. This is stated in the objections of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, filed as part of a lawsuit filed by a blogger from Krasnoyarsk Dmitry Polushin, according to the Network Freedoms project.

Polushin filed a lawsuit with the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow to recognize the illegal blocking of the publication, of which he is the editor-in-chief. The publication was blocked at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office at the end of March. The reason was the placement of “inaccurate socially significant information.”

The Tverskoy court rejected Polushin’s claim. In the objections to the lawsuit, which were sent by the representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office, it was specified that the site published “inaccurate” information about the invasion of Ukraine.

<…> The word “war” is mentioned throughout the site. At the same time, the declaration of war presupposes the onset of legal consequences of social significance (mobilization of the population, the introduction of a curfew, and others).

An unreliable presentation of the essence of the ongoing military operation with the simultaneous use of the term “war” is of increased social significance, since the participation of the Russian Federation in full-scale military operations will affect a wide range of public interests, both in the social and economic spheres.

The Russian authorities call the invasion of Ukraine a “special operation” and forbid calling it a war. For the use of the word “war” not only the media are blocked , but also administrative and  criminal cases are initiated.

Russian authorities deny plans to mobilize, although Western analysts say Russia lacks soldiers in Ukraine. At the same time, “volunteers” are being recruited in Russia to be sent to the front (including among prisoners and  the unemployed ).

(C)MEDUZA 2022

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