The Moscow City Court granted the prosecutor’s office’s demand to liquidate the interregional public organization Trade Union of Journalists and Mass Media Workers, Interfax reports .
In June 2022, the prosecutor’s office applied to the Moscow City Court with a demand to liquidate the trade union. The reason for this, Kommersant writes , was an unscheduled inspection that the Moscow prosecutor’s office conducted in May.
According to the representative of the department, during the audit, “gross fatal violations” were identified. The prosecutor also stated that members of the trade union were repeatedly brought to administrative responsibility for participating in uncoordinated actions (for example, in support of “foreign agents” media and journalist Ivan Safronov ) and dissemination of publications with “illegal information”.
Maksim Krupsky, a lawyer representing the trade union, declined to comment on the court’s decision to liquidate the organization, saying only that the state’s main claims were limited to the trade union’s support for journalists persecuted on political grounds. The lawyer added that the prosecutor’s office and the Ministry of Justice did not provide documents explaining the need to liquidate the organization, SOTA reports .
The trade union of journalists was created in Russia after the attack in March 2016 on media workers and human rights activists, which took place on the road from Ingushetia to Grozny. According to the union, in the spring of 2020, the organization had 600 active members.
In July 2022, the organization suspended its activities at the request of the prosecutor’s office due to the initiation of an administrative case on “discrediting” the Russian army. In early August, the Tagansky Court of Moscow fined the Trade Union of Journalists 500,000 rubles under this article.