Bwah ha ha, looks like the law could turn into the statutory equivalent of the Streisand effect!yes.
Piece from i Newspaper last week, byline Oliver Carroll :
Man fined £365 for criticising Putin
Russian man fined £365 for calling Putin ‘fantastical f***head’ in first use of new censorship law
A 34-year-old man has become the first Russian to fall foul of new legislation banning “disrespect” of government officials after labelling President Vladimir Putin a “fantastical f***head”.
The controversial law had been in place for just two days before a regional judge fined the equivalent of £365 for a post criticising the country’s leader.
Unfortunately for the Kremlin, the offending phrase has now become the only thing people are talking about
Within a day of Monday’s decision, an online flashmob had broken out in support of the offender, Yuri Kartyzhev, who is a resident of a small town in the Novgorod region.
The collective Russian internet’s quicker wits said they were interested to know where Kartyzhev had gone wrong: perhaps Putin was not a fantastical f***head, but a real one?
Apparently the subsequent re-circulation of the original insult would by now have generated an additional £870,000 in fines ....
For those who dip an infinitely cautious toe in the 'cesspit' of social media, the Twitter hashtag is apparently
In the spirit of scientific enquiry, an example here:
[B]Barko Barner ⚡️[/B] @[B]Barko_Barner[/B] Apr 25
@KremlinRussia_E @RusEmbUSA @Russia @MedvedevRussiaE Vladimir Putin is a fantastical fuckhead. Laws designed to increase Putin’s ego are idiotic and only serve to show how small Putin’s penis really is.
In your own time....go on
Of course, in the UK, such information was always protected by the Official Secrets Act.
Nasty la'al Cambridge-educated Brummie gobshyte
' Britain - America's 'rough draft' '
This sort of Vodka has another (unofficial) name - Tatar standard because
The Moscow Times is a serious newspaper but in this case it just reposted Reuters article. Remarkably the article doesn't mention official estimate made by the authorities. Reuters is famous by its biased approach, half truth, presentation of one sided information.Another weekend, another set of protests, and for those non-Russians crayoning on a CA thread giving the 'fake news' as above, note the source.
'Nearly 50,000 Russian opposition activists and their supporters have taken to Moscow’s streets for a fifth consecutive weekend in spite of a government crackdown as support from citizens and celebrities grows across the county.
'The protests, which demand that Moscow authorities allow independent candidates to appear on the ballot in the city’s upcoming elections, have been the largest wave of demonstrations in Russia since 2011-2012. Independent polling this week said that Moscow residents are more likely to support the protests than oppose them.'
Organisers say nearly 50,000 people took part despite heavy rain.
But police estimates suggested the figure was less than half of that.
Moral. BBC is much better than Reuters. So if you wish to be better informed about current events then look at BBC.An organisation that tracks participants in demonstrations, The White Counter, counted 49,900 people at the authorised march.
The current campaign has revealed so many lies and the violence it engendered that it was no longer the case in the Moscow City Duma.
Our government itself arranges elections. And it itself determines the rules, and it monitors the observance of these rules, and it itrself - oh, a miracle! - the main participant in these elections. And this election itself wins. And only at such elections, which are controlled by it with a predetermined result, does our government agree. And terribly angry when misfires happen.