It's the third fine Russia has issued against the Wikipedia owner since Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine a year ago.
The latest fine was imposed after the authorities accused Wikipedia of 'spreading misinformation' in articles about Russian military units," Wikimedia Russia told Reuters.
In a statement provided to Ars, the Wikimedia Foundation said the new "fines were for not complying with takedown requests for well-sourced content related to five articles about the Russian military on Russian language Wikipedia."
We have not taken down any content and already have two active appeals for fines on similar topics.".
Russia followed through on its fine threats shortly after the invasion by issuing a penalty of 5 million rubles for so-called "disinformation."
"So far, in the history of courts in Russia, Wikipedia has only had one successful experience of appealing court verdicts," Wikimedia Russia head Stanislav Kozlovskiy told Reuters.
Researchers from the RAND Corporation have observed that Russia continues to struggle with military professionalization.". »