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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chita Student Fined $1,150 for Insulting Internet Post

A cyber-friendship has ended on a bitter note, with a court ordering a Chita student to pay 30,000 rubles ($1,150) to a woman whose personal information he posted on the Internet alongside insulting comments about her.

A justice of the peace in the east Siberian city of Chita last month ordered Sergei Glukhikh, 22, to pay damages to the woman, whom he met online, the woman said, RIA-Novosti reported Friday.

After their online relationship soured, Glukhikh retaliated by posting her picture, address and telephone number on an Internet site, the woman, who declined to give her name, told RIA-Novosti.

The information was accompanied by defamatory remarks, she said.

She subsequently reported the incident to the high technology crimes department of the Interior Ministry's regional branch in Chita.

Police and court officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

But a source in the regional court department told Regnum.ru that the victim was a spokeswoman for a local government organization.

The court issued the ruling on June 25, the woman told RIA-Novosti.

Glukhikh was found guilty of unlawful publication of private information without permission.

Glukhikh could not be located for comment.

A number of cases of online insults, libel and hate speech have reached the courts in recent years, and many have proven tricky to adjudicate.

The regional court department source told Regnum.ru that it was the first such ruling in the Chita region involving online insults.