Russia blocks main internet site for worker complaints

Russian authorities have blocked a major site for personnel grievances following a thriving legal case

Russian authorities have blocked a major site for personnel grievances following a thriving legal case by a Moscow actual estate business – the hottest internet block by the country’s communications regulator.

Antijob, the website in issue, has been in operation for 17 years, and hosts hundreds of anonymous issues about Russian employers. Problems produced on the website assortment from long hrs and deceptive management tactics to abusive doing work ailments and wage delays.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian communications regulator, blocked Antijob on 11 September immediately after an on the internet authentic estate broker, PIK Broker, gained a defamation scenario from seven sites, which include Antijob, that hosted grievances allegedly penned by former staff members. Beneath Russian defamation regulation, internet websites, which include personal web pages, can be blocked for defamatory written content.

The alleged previous workforce of the enterprise, a subsidiary of main Moscow house developer PIK, experienced still left opinions that included statements about “unprofessional” perform by management and mass firing of staff members.

PIK Broker stated in its authorized assert that this details was defamatory of the organization. In its decision on 4 May this calendar year, the Moscow Arbitration Court located that the alleged reviews of PIK Broker were “false”, “defamed [the company’s] company reputation” and were consequently banned from circulation in the Russian Federation.

In a remark to openDemocracy, PIK Broker reported that it had “taken all doable measures to control this dispute outdoors of court”, but had been “compelled” to defend its name in court.

“Russian legislation does not forbid folks from expressing their view on doing work for any organisation,” the organization stated, “but if that info is wrong and harms the organisation’s small business popularity, then its lawful legal rights and interests really should be defended.”