Blocking of the CrimeRussia as rose-colored glasses for officials
We will appeal the decision of the courts and prove that we are closed for far-fetched reasons in favor of the corrupt officials’ interests.
The Moscow City Court dismissed the appeal of the CrimeRussia’s lawyers and upheld the ruling of the Moscow Simonovsky District Court. This means that the lower court’s decision taken earlier was recognized legal and before long (within a day) the source telling about the corrupt Russian officials will be blocked in Russia.
This story about the war against the freedom of speech began in July 2016. Then, the Russia’s main censorship agency without a single notification has closed access to the domain crimerussia.com on the territory of the Russian Federation. According to our data, the blocking was ordered by one of the first persons of the Prosecutor General's Office, about whom the website, before this happened, published several exposing articles. However, as a cause for the lawsuit, the censors used the statement of the investigator Abdul Dzhamalhanov, who works for the Investigative Committee’s Main Investigations Directorate in the city of Moscow, and who, as follows from the statement, thought that we had violated his right to privacy. Roskomnadzor, in turn, added that the CrimeRussia by its activities violates the law on personal data. It is to be recalled that Roskomnadzor turns the above mentioned law into a real weapon to fight with popular sources. Recently, according to it, access to the popular social network LinkedIn has been blocked in the Russian Federation, and who knows how many more web sites will be closed. The amount could reach tens or even hundreds.
However, the case against the CrimeRussia has its customer. It is, according to our sources, one of the first persons of the Prosecutor General's Office, and Dzhamalhanov’s statement, who, by the way, "nightmarizes" the Moscow businessmen and shoots in the capital's restaurants, was used as a pretext for the claim.
The main claim of Roskomnadzor to crimerussia.com is related to the information contained in one of the site headings – Persons. This section, as the censors believe, violates the rights of citizens to "privacy, personal and family secrets." The most curious thing that the uniqueness of the information contained in the section is about 10 per cent, which means that the most part of the data has been turning in RuNet for years (if not decades). In particular, a lot of data was taken from Wikipedia, which, as we know, has no problems with Roskomnadzor. We understand that the Persons section is just an excuse to find fault.
The lawyers of the CrimeRussia were able to challenge the decision of the Simonovsky Court in the Moscow City Court of Appeal and reset the appeal period. The thing is that the lawyers of Roskomnadzor for some reason filed the cases against the CrimeRussia to improper defendants, and the court within a phenomenal time (three weeks!) literally just condemns the web site. So quickly and efficiently the domestic courts serve the interests of unspecified persons – this is the phrase from another judgment in respect crimerussia.ru domain, the one of Tagansky Court’s.
On November 22, in the Moscow City Court, the lawyers’ complaint on Roskomnadzor actions was considered. Unfortunately, the complaint was left without consideration; the decision of Simonovsky Court entered into force. This means that in the near future crimerussia.com domain will be suspended on the territory of the Russian Federation; crimerussia.ru is already available. Both addresses will only work for those, who use VPN-services.
We will appeal the decision of the courts and prove that we are closed for far-fetched reasons in favor of the interests of corrupt officials.
Closing of the CrimeRussia is the rose-colored glasses for the customers of the source’s blocking.