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Russia's Supreme Court upholds Putin's decree on classifying information about peacetime military casualties

Russia's Supreme Court has ruled legal the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin to classify any information about casualties among servicemen of the Russian Defense Ministry suffered during special operations in peacetime, a lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, has told an UNIAN correspondent.

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"Today, the Supreme Court upheld its ruling on the legality of classification of data about military casualties in peacetime," Pavlov said.

According to the lawyer, taking into account the public interest in such information, "unfortunately, criminal cases may be opened on charges of treason, gathering and divulging state secrets."

Thus, the appeal of the applicants who do not agree with the decree was rejected, and the first instance ruling entered into force.

Putin makes information about military casualties in peacetime secretAs UNIAN reported earlier, on May 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a state secret any information about casualties among servicemen of the Russian Defense Ministry suffered during special operations in peacetime.

On June 16, the decision was challenged in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

On August 13, the Supreme Court upheld Putin's decree to classify military casualties in peacetime.

The lawsuit was filed by Russian politicians, lawyers, journalists and human rights activists – Arkady Babchenko, Vladimir Voronov, Denis Vostrikov, Svetlana Davydova, Pavel Kanygin, Ruslan Karpuk, Timur Olevskii, Ivan Pavlov, Grigory Pasko, Lev Schlosberg.

The suit was filed against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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