The Prosecutor’s Office within the Russian metropolis of Nizhny Novgorod has filed a lawsuit demanding that Male State, a far-right hate group identified for on-line harassment, be declared an extremist group and banned from present.
Founded in 2016 by Vladislav Pozdnyakov, the motion is thought for harassment of girls, minorities and LGBT folks.
According to a case listed on the web site of the Nizhny Novgorod regional courtroom, the authorities have requested the courtroom to designate Male State as an extremist group, with Pozdnyakov and two different senior members named as co-defendants.
Male State made the information in August when chief Pozdnyakov advised supporters to go after corporations deemed to be overly tolerant to non-traditional concepts. Most famously, he referred to as on his followers to focus on the YobiDoyobi sushi chain after it featured a black male mannequin in its commercials. He additionally took purpose at Japanese reastaurant Tanuki for together with a rainbow in promotion materials, and attacked grocery retailer chain VkusVill for a advertising marketing campaign that includes a lesbian couple.
Writing on his Telegram channel on Tuesday, Pozdnyakov admitted that “there will soon be a trial for the recognition of Men’s State as an extremist community,” however refused to just accept that he nonetheless runs the group. He additionally claimed that “dirty cops and prosecutors” are working along with “LGBT propagandists,” suggesting that Tanuki is paying them.
In 2018, Pozdnyakov was given a two-year suspended sentence for “actions aimed at humiliating human dignity in relation to women.” A 12 months later, the conviction was overturned. He now lives overseas, in Northern Cyprus.
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