In an online editorial, the news organization vowed to fight the case in court and to keep its website online, even if it is stripped of its license. “The most important thing is that we are and will be,” the editorial said. “We are not saying goodbye.”
Earlier this month, the Russian authorities also blocked the website of a new online magazine, Novaya Rasskaz-Gazeta, started by the same team of journalists, for “discrediting” the military, the outlet reported.
Dmitri A. Muratov, the editor in chief of Novaya Gazeta, shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 for his role in defending freedom of expression in Russia. He auctioned off his medal in June for $103.5 million, and dedicated the proceeds to UNICEF, to aid Ukrainian children and their families displaced by Russia’s invasion.
In March, Mr. Muratov said the news outlet would not put out a newspaper or update its website in Russia until the war in Ukraine was over, because of Russia’s censorship of war reporting. “There is no other choice,” he said in a message to readers. “For us, and I know, for you, it’s an awful and difficult decision.”