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Leninsky District Court of Nizhny Novgorod satisfied the claim of the network of sushi bars “Tanuki” for compensation due to the action of supporters “male state”, who made orders at chain restaurants in Nizhny Novgorod and refused to pay for them, Kommersant writes.
Three defendants were named in the Tanuki’s statement of claim – the founder of the “Men’s State” Vladislav Pozdnyakov and its participants from Nizhny Novgorod – Dmitry Gubanov and Igor Nosov. The court considered that Gubanov and Nosov were not involved in the campaign against Tanuki, since at the time of its conduct they were no longer members of the “Men’s State”, and ruled that the compensation of 158 thousand rubles, which the sushi bar chain asked for, should pay only Pozdnyakov.
Pozdnyakov left Russia even before the Men’s State was recognized as an extremist organization in October 2021 and banned from its activities in the Russian Federation. However, Mikhail Andreev, a representative of the Nizhny Novgorod network Tanuki, told Kommersant that the very fact of a court decision in its favor is important for the company.
In August 2021, Vladislav Pozdnyakov called on supporters to attack Tanuki after a photo with a black man and a picture with a rainbow print, like on the flag of the LGBTQ+ community, appeared on her social networks. He demanded that Tanuki apologize and remove the photos, and suggested that supporters make fake orders at restaurants, launch DDoS attacks and write to the owner of the company on social networks.
Tanuki refused to apologize and delete the photos, urging, in turn, to complain about Pozdnyakov to Roskomnadzor and the Ministry of Digital Development, and to demand that Telegram founder Pavel Durov block Pozdnyakov’s channel. As a result, Pozdnyakov’s main channel in Telegram was blocked, but the backup ones continued to work.