27 Apr 2023 12:37

Wikimedia Foundation fined another 2 mln rubles for not removing prohibited information from Wikipedia

MOSCOW. April 27 (Interfax) - A justice of the peace in Moscow has imposed an administrative fine of 2 million rubles on Wikimedia Foundation Inc. for not removing information from Wikipedia that is prohibited in Russia, an Interfax correspondent reported.

"An administrative fine of 2 million rubles is imposed on Wikimedia Foundation Inc.," Justice of the Peace of Judicial District No. 422 in Moscow's Tagansky district Timur Vakhrameyev said in his ruling.

Wikimedia Foundation was found guilty of not removing prohibited information.

According to materials from the administrative proceeding that was read out in court, Wikimedia was charged with not removing a Wikipedia article about a military unit that contained prohibited, i.e. "classified military information" about its location, composition and equipment, including information related to the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine.

This is the seventh fine imposed on Wikimedia in 2023 for not removing prohibited information. The fines now total 8.4 million rubles.

Wikimedia's lawyer requested that the case be dropped due to procedural violations and the insignificance of the offense.