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Russia drops slander case against leading human rights activist

Headline Title:  Russia drops slander case against activist 20 January 2012 Today's closure of criminal proceedings against the head of a well-known Russian human rights organization is a victory for human rights, Amnesty International said. Oleg Orlov, head of the Russian human rights centre Memorial, was charged with criminal slander on 6 July 2010 after he publicly denounced Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov as bearing political responsibility for the murder of Memorial member Natalia Estemirova a year earlier. Today's ruling by Moscow's Khamovniki District Court to close the case…

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