Russian the court recognized Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, as an extremist organization. Now employees of the company, who have the citizenship of a terrorist country, are afraid to return home.
According to unconfirmed reports, about 2,000 Russian citizens work for Meta in different countries. It has no offices in Russia itself, because it has not fulfilled the requirement to “land”, which provided for all large companies to open a representative office in the country before January 1, 2022.
Fear and Loathing in Russia
Meta itself reassures its employees. Like, we are not yet talking about recognizing the company as extremist, because the court’s decision has not been published, and the law has not entered into force. This means that no one is threatened with criminal liability for working at Meta. Now the lawyers are getting acquainted with the full text of the court decision in order to understand its meaning and consequences, they have a month to file an appeal.
Who is Farida Rustamova
- This is a Russian journalist who first worked as a correspondent for the BBC and later moved to Meduza. In 2021, she began working on the Dozhd TV channel, but now it is completely blocked in Russia and has announced a temporary pause in activities. What her status on the channel is is unclear. Now her only place of work is only her own website Faridaily.
- She first became known after she asked Russian dictator Putin about his likely daughters, Ekaterina Tikhonova and Maria Vorontsova, at one of the press conferences.
- The next time her name sounded even louder: in 2018, Farida Rustamova became one of the heroines of an article on the Dozhd TV channel, in which a woman spoke about sexual harassment by LDPR deputy Leonid Slutsky.
- In fact , this was one of the first open allegations of sexual harassment in Russian history, and even more so harassment by a high-ranking official.
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