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Russia - Libel suits by judges against two independent publications

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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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