The Moscow City Court upheld the verdict for the closure of the Russian independent newspaper "Novaya Gazeta".


The city court in Moscow today upheld the verdict for revoking the license of the independent newspaper "Novaya Gazeta", which has been criticizing the Kremlin for years.

Novaya Gazeta was Russia's best-known independent newspaper until authorities ordered it closed last year as part of a crackdown on dissidents.

The Moscow City Court today dismissed the newspaper's appeal against a September decision by the Moscow District Court that revoked its license.

A district court in September granted a petition filed by Russia's media regulator, which accused the newspaper of failing to submit its editorial charter to authorities in a timely manner.

The editor-in-chief of the newspaper, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dmitry Muratov, today condemned the verdict, saying that it "serves the masses who want the people to see only propaganda".

Days after the start of the war in Ukraine, the Russian Parliament approved a law banning allegedly disparaging the Russian military or spreading "false information" about the country's military campaign in Ukraine.

As a result of this law, dozens of independent Russian media outlets have been banned, while some have announced that they are ceasing all reporting on Ukraine.

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