The Central District Court of Krasnoyarsk fined the editor-in-chief of Kras.news Dmitry Polushin 20 thousand rubles under the protocol of inciting hatred towards members of United Russia (Article 20.3.1 of the Administrative Code). Kommersant reports this.
The decision was made on November 13. According to Kommersant, the reason for the protocol was a video on the YouTube channel Kras.news about the work of deputies of the Krasnoyarsk City Council. According to the examination, Polushin used an “obscene introduction” in it “to attract attention.”
In the video, the journalist, talking with an imaginary viewer, says that for the “common person, dissatisfied, angry at the authorities,” United Russia members are “opportunistic opportunists,” “moral unprincipled monsters” and “faggots.” At the end of the introduction, assessing the image of the representatives of United Russia, Polushin ironically noted that “those who declared war on LGBT people cannot be fagots.”
The conclusions of the examination say that the video “contains linguistic and psychological signs of inciting hostility towards representatives of a group of people identified on a social basis (membership in the United Russia).”
Polushin himself denied guilt in court and said that the employees of the Krasnoyarsk Center “E” had a personal dislike for him. He found its roots in his support of local politician and businessman Anatoly Bykov, who was convicted in May 2023 of incitement to murder.