MOSCOW, May 20 (RAPSI) – A court in the town of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk has fined a local citizen 300,000 rubles (over $4,000) for distributing fake news about late providing passengers of the flight between Bangkok, Shanghai and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk with individual protective gears, the press service of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office reports.

The accused has been found guilty of publishing knowingly false information about measures taken to ensure safety of people and territories from dangerous circumstances.

Earlier, the man pleaded guilty in full and deleted published video from the Internet, the statement reads.

According to the court ruling, on April 27, one of the air travelers onboard the Bangkok -Shanghai - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk flight recorded a comment on his mobile phone saying that the passengers were not given individual protective gears when arrived in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Later, the man released the video in one of the messengers.

However, investigation revealed that all passengers received masks and protective suits on a free basis at the Bangkok airport.