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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Libel Case Adjourned

A Moscow court Wednesday adjourned proceedings for the second time in a libel case brought by the hardline politician Iona Andronov against President Boris Yeltsin.


Emiliy Bondarenko, chairman of Kuntsevsky court, said the hearing had been postponed until Nov. 16 due to the lack of an "independent interpreter."


Andronov has launched libel proceedings against Yeltsin and his publishers for calling him a "fascist" in the English-language editions of his memoirs.


Yeltsin's defense rests on the contention that the word "fascist" was a mistranslation of the Russian text, a point denied by the official translator.


The first hearing Oct. 19 was postponed because the president failed to send a representative. This time he sent the lawyer Vladimir Antipov.


Another court hearing was also postponed Wednesday after six main witnesses failed to show up. Georgy Shkutnik, former chief conductor of the armed forces Western Group, is charged with accepting bribes.