Russian court revokes license of newspaper critical of the Kremlin

A Russian court has revoked the license of an independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, which has been critical of President Vladimir Putin's administration.

The decision by the court in Moscow on Monday was the result of a petition filed by the nation's media watchdog.

Dmitry Muratov is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper. He told reporters that the ruling is politically motivated and lacks a legal basis. Muratov won the Nobel Peace Prize last year. He suggested that his side is ready to appeal. He said he will continue to fight to the end.

Novaya Gazeta announced in March that it would stop publishing news stories until Russia's military operation in Ukraine ends. The paper said the step was in response to a warning from authorities.

Experts say the paper would be effectively barred from engaging in any journalistic activities in Russia.

The court decision is the latest in a series of steps taken by the authorities to clamp down on media outlets that have been criticizing the Kremlin, since Russia invaded Ukraine.