"Today, the Supreme Court has upheld its decision on the legality of classification of data on Russia's armed forces losses in peacetime," Pavlov said.
According to the lawyer, taking into account the public interest in such information, "unfortunately, criminal cases may be opened on charges of treason, gathering and divulging state secrets."
Thus, the appeal of the applicants who do not agree with the decree was rejected, and the first instance ruling entered into force.
As previously reported, May 28, while Russian occupants were invading Ukraine, Putin made any information about casualties among servicemen of the Russian Defense Ministry suffered during special operations in peacetime a state secret.
On June 16, the decision was challenged in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation which upheld Putin's decree to classify military casualties in peacetime on Aug. 13 .
The lawsuit was filed by Russian politicians, lawyers, journalists and human rights activists - Arkady Babchenko, Vladimir Voronov, Denis Vostrikov, Svetlana Davydova, Pavel Kanygin, Ruslan Karpuk, Timur Olevskii, Ivan Pavlov, Grigory Pasko, Lev Schlosberg.
The suit was filed against Russian President Vladimir Putin.