Russia: Editor in libel case after "nest of vipers" comment
13 Sep 2010

The editor of opposition newspaper Listok has been charged with defamation after calling the administration of the Altai republic a “nest of vipers”. He also referred to the governor of Altai as an “alcoholic”. If convicted, Sergei Mikhailov will face up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $14,000. Supporters of the journalist say the case is politically motivated, particularly since Mikhailov was elected to Altai’s legislature¬† in March.

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