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Russian state media on Thursday said it has been ordered to remove the name of a Russian citizen who has criticized President Vladimir Putin for being too lenient with migrants and refugees.
The Investigative Committee said on its website that Aleksey Chubarov, who has written several books about the Russian president, is banned from publishing any news related to him.
It cited “his repeated statements that the authorities are doing too little to protect Russian citizens” and said he “has no legal grounds for his position.”
The Investigative Council, which oversees the state media, also said that Chubov’s “comments and actions undermine the integrity of the Russian state.”
A separate court in the southern city of Tbilisi has also ruled that Chabov must pay $25,000 in fines to the regional government for his criticism of Putin.
Chubov is a well-known figure in the region, with a TV show on local television, where he has said that the country needs to be more welcoming to migrants and asylum seekers.
He has also criticized the decision by Putin to limit the number of refugees arriving in Russia.
The committee also said Chubakov’s activities have “created a serious situation for the entire Russian state, and have contributed to the spread of the so-called virus in the country.”
The court also ordered Chubovsky to register as a lobbyist, but the lawmaker has not registered as a candidate for the 2018 elections.
Chabov has denied any wrongdoing and said his comments were “just words, pure words.”
He said he was only making a joke.