In St. Petersburg opened the first criminal case for fake about the coronavirus

In St. Petersburg, the country’s first criminal proceedings were instituted under article 207.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia for false reports of coronavirus, distributed social networks, reports TASS citing a source in the investigative bodies.

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This is a new article of the Criminal Code, it establishes liability for dissemination of false information about situations that pose a threat to life and security of citizens. The punishment under this article provides for either a large fine of several hundred thousand rubles, or correctional labor or restriction of liberty.

According to preliminary data, the criminal case initiated on the fact of publication in a social network “Vkontakte”. In the post contained information that at one of the clinics Resort district of St. Petersburg allegedly was infected with coronavirus infection.