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Tycoon Evgeny Prigozhin asks Russia to outlaw Meduza as an ‘undesirable organization’

Source: Meduza

Kremlin-linked catering tycoon Evgeny Prigozhin has asked the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office to conduct an audit of Meduza’s activities and designate the news outlet as an “undesirable organization.”

In a press release published on Wednesday, Prigozhin’s company Concord listed a number of Meduza articles that he believes violate wartime censorship laws by allegedly containing “false information about the special military operation in Ukraine” and “knowingly false information about the Russian Armed Forces’ conduct outside of the territory of the Russian Federation.”

The list includes the following articles, among others:

According to Prigozhin, declaring Meduza an “undesirable organization” would allow the authorities to “hold [Meduza’s] employees and leaders accountable for engaging in provocative activities on the territory of the Russian Federation.”

On July 13, Evgeny Prigozhin asked Russia’s top investigative body to initiate a criminal case against Meduza editorial director Tatiana Ershova and special correspondent Liliya Yapparova on charges of treason and spreading “false information” about the Russian army. Prigozhin filed the complaint after Meduza sent him a request for comment on the involvement of the Wagner private military company in Russia’s war against Ukraine. 

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