In victory for agit-prop over news, French weekly convicted of libelling pro-Kremlin youth movement

first_img April 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In victory for agit-prop over news, French weekly convicted of libelling pro-Kremlin youth movement Organisation Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing News RSF_en News RussiaEurope – Central Asia In a 21 April ruling, Moscow’s Savyolovsky district court ordered the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) to pay 250,000 rubles (6,000 euros) in damages to the pro-Putin youth movement Nashi for a September 2009 article about Nashi’s activities. Nashi has also sued the French daily Le Monde, the British daily The Independent and other media.The youth movement’s strategy of bringing lots of defamation suits against both Russian and international media is surprising and raises many questions about the objectives of those running it. If the aim is to intimidate the news media, the initiative fortunately seems so far to have had little success.On the one hand, judges have in some cases dismissed Nashi’s lawsuits. This happened in the action Nashi recently brought against the Moscow-based radio station Ekho Moskvy. On the other hand, the pro-Kremlin youth activists often end up settling out of court after filing suit.In a preliminary hearing in Nashi’s suit against Le Monde on 13 January, the same court rejected Le Monde’s request for the case to be tried in France. Although apparently unfavourable for the newspaper, the decision limits the impact of any verdict that may be reached as Le Monde has no legal representation in Russia that could be affected. The same goes for JDD.One can rightly wonder about the role that Nashi is meant to play and whether its lawsuits are designed to protect not so much its reputation as its notoriety and its popularity with a segment of the Russian population that is tired of the usual propaganda.Nashi has a visible presence at the grass roots. It prospers by seizing the few spaces for debate available in Russian society. It takes issue with those who worry about “Soviet” hangovers in Russian society, brands them as enemies, champions the national – and Soviet – heritage, sustains popular misconceptions and opposes any attempt to shed light on the past or examine the present critically. Neither Nashi nor those who support it seem to have any interest in Russian society taking a calm look at such issues. The reports in JDD, Le Monde and other media that prompted the Nashi lawsuits referred to a controversy about an article by journalist, writer and former Soviet dissident Alexandr Podrabinek entitled “Soviets versus Anti-Soviet.” It was a response to Second World War veterans who were outraged by the opening of a restaurant in Moscow called “Anti-Soviet” and demanded that it change its name. Podrabinek was forced to go into hiding because of the threats he received over his article.Nashi’s activists joined the debate by staging several days of demonstrations outside Podrabinek’s home, along with other antics. The local authorities gave permission for Nashi’s protests although requests by NGOs critical of the authorities for permission to hold demonstrations are routinely denied. The articles that upset Nashi were opinion pieces about an ongoing controversy, one reflecting an emerging debate within Russian society. The debate about the Soviet heritage is growing and it is a good thing. One the latest examples is an outcry about a decision by Moscow’s powerful mayor, Yury Luzhkov, to put up large billboards glorifying Stalin for the 9 May festivities marking Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany. The move has been condemned by the Civic Chamber, the NGO Memorial and even a Kremlin committee. An initiative by three Russian media is meant to contribute to the historical debate. Entitled “Attention to History,” it will look at controversial periods in Russia’s history. And how has Nashi contributed? By harassing these media and some of their contributors and journalists. Another youth movement, Molodaya Rossia, is following suit. It announced on 22 April that it will stage daily demonstrations outside Ekho Moskvy to make it suspend broadcasting on 9 May because the veterans of the “Great Patriotic War” were offended by its programmes. If Russia does take a closer look at its history, it is to be hoped that movements such as Nashi, embodying opposition to change and a readiness to resort to intimidation, will lose influence, that fewer and fewer people will accept its refusal to distinguish the positive from the negative in Russia’s past, and that propaganda will be replaced by real debate. Unfortunately, to judge from their recent decisions on such matters, the Russian courts cannot be counted among the forces of progress. June 2, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia center_img to go further May 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruptionlast_img read more

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Women of Troy confident heading into tough weekend

first_imgAfter back-to-back wins last weekend, the USC women’s tennis team has pocketed some momentum for the upcoming tournament this weekend.USC welcomes Auburn, LSU and San Diego to Los Angeles as they host the qualifying rounds for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Championships.Daily Trojan | Amaresh Sunduran KuppuswamyNo. 35 Auburn (1-1) and No. 28 LSU (2-0) play first today at 10 a.m., followed by a 2 p.m. matchup between No. 9 USC (2-0) and No. 60 San Diego (1-0). The losing teams play in the consolation match at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, while the winning teams will face each other afterward at 5:30 p.m.The winner of the later match will go on to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships beginning Feb. 12 in Madison, Wis.The USC women hold a top-10 national ranking and are undefeated after a 6-1 opening win over Long Beach State and another 6-1 victory over UC Irvine to kick off the 2010 season. Four USC women are nationally ranked in singles along with one ranked doubles pair.With the confidence from their opening matches, the Women of Troy are excited for some ITA action, and this is also their only scheduled game against any East Coast schools.“We know they’re good,” junior Maria Sanchez said. “We just have to be ready.”last_img read more

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JuJu Smith-Schuster on Steelers drama: ‘Let’s stop all the bull—’

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