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YABLOKO applies to the Public Prosecutor and the Central Electoral Commission on libel in the mass media

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The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO forwarded to the Public Prosecutor and the Central Electoral Commission its applications on libel in the mass media disseminated by the State Duma deputy Leonid Mayevsky and on the facts of violation of the election legislation in a number of Russian media.

The Public Prosecutor General of the RF Vladimir Ustinov was forwarded a request on raising a libel case (in accordance with the Criminal Code of the RF) against Leonid Mayevsky who in his comments on the Ekho Moskvi radio station deliberately disseminated false information defaming the leaders and members of YABLOKO. Mayevsky also stated that members of the party and its heads had assisted and supported unlawful military formations and Chechen terrorists. In particular, Mayevsky stated that some of the participants of such formations were YABLOKO's members and aids of deputy Sergei Mitrokhin.

The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO also applies to the Moscow Prosecutor' s Office with a plea to raise a criminal case against the Editor-in-Chief of the Zhizn paper and journalist of the same paper A. Popov for deliberate dissemination of false information. The letter also runs that the Zhizn paper "have repeatedly published biased and false information about the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, which demonstrates a deliberate and purposeful campaign launched by this media and aimed at degrading the honour and reputation of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO.

The complaint regarding publications in the Zhizn paper was also sent to the Central Electoral Commission.

See also:

State Duma elections 2003

Freedom of Speech and Media Law in Russia
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