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Archive for July 7th, 2010

Oleg Orlov Charged With Defamation For Linking Kadyrov To Kidnappings And Killings In Chechnya

Posted by Info on 07/07/2010

Moscow police on Tuesday charged the head of the Memorial rights group, Oleg Orlov, with defamation for linking Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov to kidnappings and killings in Chechnya — even though Kadyrov publicly dropped his claims against the activist in February.

Orlov: “I have not committed any criminal offense. I am confident that this case doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on but, unfortunately, many cases are conducted outside the law in Russia.”

Orlov was summoned Tuesday to a Moscow police station, where he was notified of the charges, which carry up to three years in prison. No pretrial restrictions were imposed on Orlov. The case has to be handed to prosecutors before it goes to court.

It was not clear when the trial might start.

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Russia Ponders Internet Freedoms

Posted by Info on 07/07/2010

The Russian lower house of parliament and the Communications Ministry have prepared separate draft laws to regulate the use of the Internet in Russia.

The main idea of the law is that anything permissible in real life should also be allowed in the Internet and that any attempts to introduce additional restrictions should be illegal.

On June 15, the Russian Supreme Court ruled that Internet media bear no responsibility for their readers’ comments. However, if the agency considers that these comments are an abuse of media freedom, for example contain an incitement to terrorist activities and crime, it may require a website to delete or edit such comments within 24 hours.

Internet media outlets which refuse to remove reader comments when requested to do so by the federal media watchdog will be prosecuted.

However, unregistered outlets, for example, blogs, will be held liable for offensive, extremist, libelous or false information that they may post.

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