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Russia - Libel suits by judges against two independent publications

Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the libel suits that two Moscow judges, Dmitri Gordeyuk and Yuri Bespalov, have brought against two of Russia's best-known independent publications, the tri-weekly Novaya Gazeta and the magazine Novoye Vremya, and the two journalists who wrote the articles that prompted the lawsuits, Nikita Girin and Zoya Svetova. On 6 December, a Moscow court ordered Novaya Gazeta to pay 280,000 roubles (6,200 euros) in damages, a considerable sum for a (...)

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