Disinfo: No court case in Russia for “liking” on social media


[Context: Russia’s legislation on extremism] Not a single court case has been instituted in Russia for “liking” on social media, said Alexander Kurennoy, the official representative of the Prosecutor General.


In fact, Russia's investigative committee opened a criminal case under the article on extremism against a doctor from Khabarovsk, who “liked” a picture condemning the participation of Russians in the war in eastern Ukraine. The man claimed to have liked the image by accident.

Further debunk by The Insider.


  • Reported in: Issue 120
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: social media, Eastern Ukraine, Surveillance, Censorship


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