The ECHR has communicated the third application of the organization "Man and Law" because of fines under the law "On foreign agents"
1 June 2020
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.
In January 2020, the Department of the Ministry of Justice for Mari El Republic filed a claim to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Mari El for the liquidation of the human rights organization "Man and Law". At the moment, the case is under consideration by the court.