The dossier on the journalists of “Important Stories” for recognition as “foreign agents” was collected at least six months before being included in the list. And in the case file there is information that should be protected by bank secrecy. It was obtained by the Department of Justice illegally, believe Important Stories.
On November 22, the editor-in-chief of Vostochnye Stories, Roman Anin, and the journalists Irina Dolinina and Alesya Marokhovskaya, held a preliminary hearing to challenge the status of the media “foreign agent”.
The Ministry of Justice named the number of subscribers on their personal pages in social networks, as well as information on the receipt of money from foreign sources, as grounds for including the journalists on the list of “foreign agents”. This information was transmitted by the Prosecutor General’s Office, which referred to the data of Rosfinmonitoring.
“Judging by the number of subscribers on social networks, which is indicated in the case, materials for recognizing us as“ foreign agents ”were collected back in the winter, after the rallies. That is, it is clearly not summer denunciations that have launched the process, ”said Irina Dolinina after the meeting.
According to Alesya Marokhovskaya, the financial information used by the Ministry of Justice is protected by banking secrecy. According to the law, law enforcement agencies can receive them as part of a criminal case or inspection, but there are no such grounds in the case.
“The materials do not explain why the General Prosecutor’s Office decided to track our transactions as if we were some kind of terrorists,” added Marokhovskaya. – There are no explanations. We do not know anything about the criminal case. It turns out that banking information was obtained illegally. And this is a direct interference with our privacy. “
In Vostochnye Stories, it was noted that information about the journalists of the publication was collected by a lieutenant colonel from the Center for Countering Extremism.
The publication “Important Stories” was created by a group of journalists who have repeatedly became laureates prestigious professional awards and engaged in anti-corruption investigations. In August, this is the media was recognized “Foreign agent”.