The Golovinsky District Court of Moscow fined Pussy Riot member and former Mediazona publisher Pyotr Verzilov 30 thousand rubles. The press service of the court reported about Mediazona.
Verzilov was found guilty of failure to provide a report on the activities of a “foreign agent” (Part 2 of Article 19.34 of the Administrative Code). The drawing up of a protocol against him became known on October 18, when the court registered the materials of the administrative case.
Verzilov was added to the register of “foreign agents” in September 2021 – at the same time, Mediazona and the publication’s chief editor Sergei were included in the Ministry of Justice list Smirnov.
On November 3, 2023, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow sentenced Verzilov in absentia to eight and a half years in prison. He was found guilty of spreading “fakes” about the army motivated by political hatred (clause “d” of part 2 of article 207.3 of the Criminal Code). The reason for the criminal prosecution was publications on Twitter and Instagram, which talked about the killings of civilians in Bucha by the Russian military.
In addition to this case, the ex-publisher of Mediazona is accused of failure to notify of a second citizenship (Article 330.2 of the Criminal Code) . Verzilov's father lived in Canada, and he himself studied at a local school, after which he received Canadian citizenship.