Thursday, September 16, 2010

Russian Officials Win Libel Suit Against Journalists

Vasily Yakimenko, head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs ("Rosmolodezh"), and his brother, Boris Yakimenko, a high-ranking functionary of the pro-Kremlin youth movement (“Nashi”), won a libel suit against several mass media and individual journalists. The journalists had accused the Yakimenko brothers of being involved in the creation and Internet publication of hidden-camera videos intended to compromise a number of opposition activists.  Among other things, the videos appear to show activists taking drugs, engaging in sexual acts, and offering bribes.  A Moscow court found the accusations false and awarded $5,000 in damages to the Yakimenko brothers.

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