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Russia bans the Moscow Times newspaper – DW – 07.11.2024

Russia bans the Moscow Times newspaper – DW – 07.11.2024

Russia bans the Moscow Times newspaper – DW – 07.11.2024

Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office banned the online newspaper on Wednesday The Moscow Times.

The site was blocked in Russia for allegedly discrediting the country’s military shortly after the Kremlin-backed invasion of Ukraine began.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office has classified the newspaper as an “undesirable organization”, saying it undermines Russia’s leadership.

The designation means that any cooperation or payments to an outlet are now considered criminal offenses carrying penalties of up to five years in prison.

“The publishing house’s activity is aimed at discrediting the decisions of the Russian leadership in both domestic and foreign policy,” the statement said.

In November 2023, The Moscow Times was added to a “foreign agent” list.

Other Russian stores such as Novaya GazetaMeduza, The Insider and Histories were also classified as “undesirable” and banned.

The Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday’s ban was necessary The Moscow Times cooperated with such media.

The Moscow Times said the designation did not come “as a surprise” and promised to continue working.

“Our jobs will become more difficult. Anyone in Russia who interacts with us in any way will now be at risk of prosecution. But we refuse to be silenced,” the website said.

What is The Moscow Times?

The Moscow Times was founded in 1992 as an English-language daily in Moscow by a Dutch publisher.

Its print edition was discontinued in 2017.

The site opened a service in Russian in 2020.

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The Moscow Times moved to the Netherlands after Russia cracked down on independent media in early 2022.

Former employees include prominent journalists, including Evan Gershkovich, who is currently on trial in Russia on espionage charges.

Last month, Russia banned access to more than 80 Western media outlets.

sdi/wd (dpa, Reuters, AP)