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.