26 October 2021, 16:55
Lawyer appeals court ban of Male State
Nizhny Novgorod, October 26, Interfax - The decision by the Nizhny Novgorod regional court, which on October 18 found Male State, an unregistered inter-regional group, to be an extremist organization and banned its operation in Russia, has been appealed.
"The appeal was filed by a lawyer," the court's press service told Interfax on Tuesday.
The claimant in this case was the acting prosecutor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, while the related parties were the Volga Federal District branch of Russian telecoms watchdog Rozkomnadzor and the Russian Justice Ministry's department for the Nizhny Novgorod Region.
The respondents were three persons - Vladislav Pozdnyakov, Igor Nosov, and Dmitry Gubanov - and the unregistered interregional movement Male State.
None of the three respondents in the case showed up in court.
After the hearing, Pozdnyakov's lawyer Dzambolat Gabarayev told reporters of their intention to appeal the ruling.
Male State online community founder Pozdnyakov received a two-year suspended prison sentence in Nizhny Novgorod in December 2018.
According to investigators, Pozdnyakov set up a group on a social medial platform where he posted photos and videos designed to foment hatred toward women. He also had supporters. Pozdnyakov later pleaded guilty to all charges.
The Sovetsky District Court of Nizhny Novgorod overturned Pozdnyakov's sentence in March 2019 after the extremism article was partly decriminalized.
According to the media, the Male State closed subscriber group was set up in 2016. Its members also entered the spotlight during the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they discussed Russian women spotted together with foreign football fans.
Male State, whose members share sexist and homophobic views, appeared on the VK social media platform in mid-2018, but access to it was blocked in 2020. Some media outlets reported in late summer 2021 that different people and organizations were receiving threats from the Male State community, which was trying to force them to act in a certain way.