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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Rules Against Anti-Soviet Reporter

A Moscow court on Wednesday ruled against a journalist who angered the pro-Kremlin Nashi youth group with an anti-Soviet article, ordering him to pay damages to a war veteran and retract part of the article.

The Perovsky District Court ordered journalist Alexander Podrabinek to pay 1,000 rubles ($33) to war veteran Viktor Semyonov, who had sought 500,000 rubles over the article, which he called offensive, Interfax reported.

The court also told Podrabinek to retract a phrase in the article that the veteran found offensive: "Your motherland is not Russia but the Soviet Union. Thank God your country hasn't existed for the past 18 years."

Podrabinek said he would appeal.

Podrabinek went into hiding for several weeks last year after Nashi staged daily protests outside his apartment building. The protests prompted a rare rebuke of Nashi from the Kremlin's top human rights official.

(MT)