Chita court slaps fine on blogger who compared Putin’s position with thieves
The court order states that Zakruzhnoy in his video called ‘Here our future is being pressed down’ called the head of the country a ‘thief’ and added that the authorities “ought to be on a closestool, in Magadan.”
Chita court has slapped a 30 thousand rubles ($468) fine on a blogger Lyokha Kochegar (Aleksey Zakruzhnoy) under an article related to insulting the government (item 3 of article 20.1 of the Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation), after he had compared a position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with ‘thieves’. Lawyer Marina Savvateeva published the court order on her Facebook page, reports Mediazona.
The court order states that Zakruzhnoy in his video called ‘Here our future is being pressed down’ called the head of the country a ‘thief’ and added that the authorities “ought to be on a closestool, in Magadan.” Zakruzhnoy had earlier been fined under an article related to disrespect towards authorities due to his video ‘Last warning for Putin’ where he said that he would come to Kremlin, in case Vladimir Putin doesn’t end the “genocide over Russians.”
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a bill related to disrespect towards authorities on March 18. On April 22, a citizen of the Novgorod region Yury Kartyzhev became the first person who was sentenced to pay a 30 thousand rubles fine under this article. Kartyzhev posted statements “Putin is a pathetic loser” on social networks.
On June 20, Putin - during the live broadcast nationwide phone-in - clarified that the law related to insulting the government is aimed to protect the national symbols - and not officials and politician - and it’s not necessary to punish Russians for criticism of executives of different levels. Nevertheless, at this point, according to law enforcement, there are more than 30 cases related to disrespect towards authorities initiated in Russia. With that, there are even court bailiffs among the ‘victims’. Courts normally slap fines on Russians in such cases.