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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mother Fined in Finnish Abduction

A Finnish court on Tuesday convicted Russian woman Rimma Salonen of kidnapping her 6-year-old son last year and ordered her to pay $45,000 in compensation to her Finnish ex-husband, RIA-Novosti reported.
The Tampere court also handed Salonen a suspended sentence of 18 months.
Salonen brought her son to Russia after her divorce last year, but her ex-husband came to Russia in April and took the boy back to Finland with the help of a Finnish diplomat, sparking a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.
Finnish police charged Salonen with kidnapping when she entered Finland in July. (MT)A Moscow court ruled against Josef Stalin’s grandson on Tuesday in a libel suit over a Novaya Gazeta article that said the Soviet dictator sent thousands of people to their deaths.

The court rejected Yevgeny Dzhugashvili’s claims that the newspaper defamed Stalin in an April article that referred to the Soviet leader as a “bloodthirsty cannibal.”

A ruling against Novaya Gazeta would have been seen as an exoneration of Stalin, and it would have been a major setback to beleaguered liberals who say Russia must acknowledge its bloody past and who accuse the Kremlin of whitewashing history.

Stalin’s grandson, who did not attend the trial, had demanded a public apology and monetary damages.

He has five days to appeal.