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Yekaterinburg Mayor tries to get RUR 600,000 from deputy of the Yekaterinburg Duma Petlin as compensation for criticism

Press Release
May 19, 2010

On May 17 deputy of the Yekaterinburg Duma Maxim Petlin received a notification from one of the district courts of Yekaterinburg that Mayor Chernetsky filed a protest on the court decision on the libel case (case No 2-134). Earlier the court had turned down the libel suit by Mayor Chernetsky to Maxim Petlin and television channel Russia which broadcasted Petlins critical statement about the situation with kindergartens in the city. The court also had charged the Mayor RUR 20,000 (about USD 700) for compensation of the legal costs incurred by Maxim Petlin.

Chernetsky started a legal case against Petlin after the latter said in the TV programme that Chernetsky had sold half of kindergartens buildings. The Mayor stated that this phrase a libel and motioned a libel case against Petlin. The second defender in the court was the Russia television channel which had broadcasted Petlins interview and showed an item on alienation of large number of kindergartens in favour of Chernetskys family members.

The decision of the court of the first instance stated that the plaintiff had singled out one phrase out of the context, thus giving to the whole information a different meaning, as in reality the television programme containing Maxim Petlins interview provided true and accurate information on the deficit of places in the childrens institutions of Yekaterinburg, as well as his opinion on the possible causes of the problem, including those not connected with the plaintiff.

The trial in the regional court is scheduled on May 25, at 10 a.m.

See also:

Freedom of Speech

The leader of Sverdlovsk branch of YABLOKO wins the libel case initiated by Yekaterinburg Mayor. Press Release, April 2, 2010

Ekaterinburgs Mayor suits the leader of the regional YABLOKO branch. Press Release,
January 27, 2010

Press Release
May 19, 2010