Russia: Pro-Kremlin youth group sues four European papers
27 Oct 2009

The pro-Kremlin youth organisation Nashi has launched a legal offensive against four European newspapers over allegations that its activists issued death threats against a journalist. Le Monde, Le Journal du Dimanche, The Independent and Frankfurter Rundschau reported that journalist Alexandr Podrabinek was the target of intensive harassment from Nashi after he wrote an article criticising the Kremlin’s attempt to rehabilitate Russia’s Soviet past.

Nashi refused this allegation and demanded a retraction or 500,000 roubles (£10,500) from all four newspapers in damages. Podrabinek also faces legal action from a World War II veteran, Viktor Semenov, and the Communist Party for his article. (RSF/Guardian)

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