MINELRES: RFE/RL: Russia: Nationalist publications prosecuted

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RFE/RL MEDIA MATTERS
Vol. 3, No. 20, 23 May 2003

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PROSECUTOR OPENS CRIMINAL CASES AGAINST NATIONALIST PUBLICATIONS.
Investigators have opened criminal cases against three nationalist
newspapers in connection with alleged incitement of ethnic hatred,
lenta.ru reported on 16 May. Deputy Prosecutor-General Nikolai
Savchenko opened a case against the magazine "Russkaya pravda," and
officials in the Moscow and Samara branches of the
Prosecutor-General's Office have opened cases against the
magazine "Rusich" and the newspaper "Aleks-inform," respectively. In
February, State Duma Deputy Sergei Mitrokhin (Yabloko) sent a written
appeal to the Prosecutor-General's Office on behalf of a public
committee formed last year to battle fascism, extremism, xenophobia,
and nationalism. Mitrokhin's letter called attention to the
"unlawful actions" of those who distribute publications that call for
exiling or exterminating Jews or insult Christians and peoples from
Asia and the Caucasus. Inciting ethnic hatred is prohibited by
Russia's Criminal Code and can lead to the closure of a media
outlet under Russia's law on the mass media. ("RFE/RL Newsline,"
19 May)

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