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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Russia Update: July 15, 2015

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Russian State Censor Issues Second Warning to Rosbalt, Critical Russian Media Site

Roskomnadzor, the state media monitoring agency that serves as a censor, has issued a warning to Rosbalt.ru, a critical news site, Novaya Gazeta reports, citing a notice on Rkn.gov.ru.

The censor objected to an article published on July 8, 2015 titled "Farion, Calling for the Destruction of Moscow, Accused the RF Investigative Committee of 'Insanity'" which still remains on Robalt's news site.

The article was accompanied by a video in which former Ukrainian MP Irina Farion spoke in Ukrainian, calling for the destruction of Moscow and denounced Putin as an aggressor, with Russian sub-titles. The link to the video now appears to have been removed, but it is easily found with search terms on YouTube.



The video was placed on the federal register of banned extremist materials in December, 2014.

Roskomnadzor said the video violated Russian media law as it contained "calls for committing crimes motivated by political hatred and also incitement to ethnic enmity." The site was sent a written notice and as a repeat offender, could face administrative action as well with a fine from 100,000 to 1 million rubles ($1,758 to $17,583).

In 2013, Roskomnadzor had already received a warning for publishing a video with swear words, after which it was stripped of its media license. The Supreme Court later declared that removal of the license illegal.

Rosbalt.ru has been most active in publishing leaks from the investigation of the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and other controversial stories.

Irina Farion, a Ukrainian ultra-nationalist and former member of the Communist Party and currently a member of the Svoboda party, is among the favorite targets of Russian propagandists for her outrageous anti-Russian comments, attacks on Russian-language teaching and Russian language usage in Ukraine, and even incitements for Russians to be killed.

She was elected to parliament in 2006 from Lviv Region, and again in 2012. Another MP, Vadym Kolesnichenko, tried to have her indicted for her incitement of discrimination. When she ran in the 2014 elections, she was not elected.

Her most notorious remark was on her Facebook page on the day of the fire at the Odessa Trade Union Buildings on May 2, 2014 when she wrote, "Bravo, Odessa...let the demons burn in hell."

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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