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Birobidzhan resident convicted of coronavirus leaflets

Birobidzhan resident convicted of coronavirus leaflets

A resident of Birobidzhan, who denied the existence of a coronavirus and distributed leaflets with false information, was convicted. He was sentenced to correctional labor and a fine for disseminating his ideas.

According to the press service of the Birobidzhan District Court, a 47-year-old resident of the city in April this year decided to spread the word that masks and other protective measures are not needed. To do this, he made leaflets that he distributed on the street among passers-by, pasted on shops, building facades and public transport stops.

According to the convict, coronavirus is not dangerous and there is no need to use medical masks. In addition to his own opinions, the man distributed in leaflets the personal numbers of two employees of the commissariat for the EAO, who allegedly could confirm his information.

In court, the accused pleaded guilty, repented, and explained that at first he thought the coronavirus was just a SARS. Witnesses and experts spoke in court, who confirmed the danger of the new virus. As extenuating circumstances, the court took into account that the defendant has a small child. 

For the public dissemination of deliberately false information that could jeopardize the life and safety of citizens, a resident of Birobidzhan received a sentence of four months of correctional labor with a deduction of 5% of the salary to state revenue. Conditional punishment with a trial period of six months. 

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