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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Extremist Papers Get Official Warning

Three extreme rightist newspapers have received official warnings from the Press and Information Committee for publishing offensive articles, a spokesman for the committee said Thursday.

Viktor Postukov, head of the legal department of the committee, named the publications as Chernaya Sotnya (Black Hundreds), Za Russkoye Delo (For Russia's Cause) and Narodny Stroi (People's Formation). He said they were officially warned for violations of a law banning the press from igniting social, class, religious or ethnic intolerance or calling for the overthrow of the government.

"Experts of the committee analyzed several issues of the papers and took their decision," he said

The warning is the latest stage of a crackdown against the extremist press. It follows similar action against three other publications, Rodniye Prostory (Our Native Lands), K Toporu (Take Up Your Axe) and Zavtra (Tomorrow) for inflammatory and offensive articles.

Alexander Prokhanov, editor in chief of Zavtra, rejected charges against the newspaper.

In a telephone interview Thursday he denied that Zavtra had promoted "ethnic intolerance" and said the warning was part of a long unsuccessful campaign by the government to close his newspaper.