The human rights organization "Man and Law" was brought to administrative responsibility for
violating the law "On foreign agents" three times. In 2014, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian
Federation included "Man and Law" in the register of non-profit organizations that perform the
functions of a foreign agent. After entering the register, "Man and Law" paid the authorities a
fine of 300 thousand rubles, submits additional reports each quarter, all information materials are
marked with a special mark that damages the reputation of the organization.
In 2016, Roskomnadzor of Mari El Republic appealed to the Yoshkar-Ola city court with a
demand to bring the organization "Man and Law" to responsibility for the fact that its employees
post materials on the network without labeling. Co-chairman Sergei Poduzov published articles
in his personal blog of the portal "7×7" without a mark that he is a representative of an
organization which is a foreign agent. The reason for initiating the case was an anonymous
appeal from a resident of Yoshkar-Ola. The city court fined the organization 150 thousand
rubles. The Supreme Court of Mari El Republic left the court's decision unchanged.
Finally, in September 2018, the Supreme Court of Mari El Republic fined the human rights
organization "Man and Law" for the fact that the "foreign agent" mark disappeared on the
organization's Facebook page. The administrator saw it, but external users didn't. This happened
due to changes in settings in the social network. Later, the Facebook administration confirmed
that the website really had a technical problem and promised to fix it. However, neither
Roskomnadzor nor the Russian courts found this argument convincing. Moreover, they ignored
the fact that the organization's Facebook page had a hyperlink to its official website, where it was
indicated that "Man and Law" is included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of "foreign
agents". As a result, the Yoshkar-Ola city court fined "Man and Law" 300 thousand rubles. On
appeal, human rights defenders managed to reduce the amount of the fine by half.