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“VKontakte” handed investigators the correspondence of a St. Petersburg accused of extremism because of an anecdote about the election

In the social network confirmed this information and noted that they followed the law.

Edward Nikitin. Photo by Sergey Satanovsky

The VKontakte administration handed investigators the correspondence of the user, local resident Eduard Nikitin, who is being tried for extremism because of a political anecdote and a cartoon in the social network. This was reported by Novaya Gazeta with reference to the materials of the case, VKontakte confirmed this information to

According to the documents, on February 8 investigator Denis Pomogaibo during a pre-investigation check asked the Nevsky District Court of St. Petersburg to provide access to Nikitin’s correspondence for the period from August 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015. It should specify the users-interlocutors of the defendant, the exact time of sending, the date of registration of the user, as well as information about the binding to the mobile number and e-mail address.

The court considered the petition legitimate. VKontakte replied on 21 February. The document, which was signed by the head of the security service V. Yu. Russkov, says that the social network provided all correspondence of the user to the CD-R in the volume of more than 1 MB. While the investigation did not use the data from Nikitin’s personal correspondence for his own purposes, Maxim Kamakin told Novaya Gazeta.

Reply "VKontakte" to the request of the UK, which refers to the provided correspondence of the user. Image of Novaya Gazeta
Reply “VKontakte” to the request of the UK, which refers to the provided correspondence of the user. Image of Novaya Gazeta

The press service of VKontakte confirmed that they provided the investigators with the correspondence of the user. Representatives of the social network stressed that they did so by a court decision.

“VKontakte” is required to provide correspondence according to a court decision in accordance with Russian legislation. Separately, we note that the correspondence was provided only for the period specified in the court ruling.

Press office of VKontakte

The Nikitin trial is held in closed session, as they can reveal the state of health of the defendant with the second group of disability. The case against the Petersburger in part 1 of Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation was opened in December 2017. Nikitin is judged for an anecdote about disbelief in the changes after the elections and “a graphic joke about cold” quilted jackets. “”

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