ECHR meets ex-MP's suit on slandering Putin

ECHR meets ex-MP's suit on slandering Putin
Olga Lee

In March 2016, Lee published a YouTube video message to President Vladimir Putin, in which she criticized Russian foreign and domestic policies.

Editor-in-chief of the Kursk newspaper Narodny (People's) Journalist and former deputy of the regional Duma, Olga Lee, filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights, Damir Gainutdinov, an advocate of the international human rights group Agora, told Moskovsky Komsomolets.

In a complaint to the ECHR, the applicant stated that the Russian authorities had violated Article 6, 8 and 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression, fair trial, and respect for private and family life.

In March 2016, Lee published a YouTube video message to President Vladimir Putin, in which she criticized Russian foreign and domestic policies. In the video, the journalist said about the "conspiracy" of the country's leadership, the genocide of Russians, called Putin a thief and questioned the legality of the Crimean annexion.

After that, two criminal cases were initiated against Lee - under Article 298.1 of the Criminal Code (Libel) and 282 of the Criminal Code (Incitement of Hatred or Enmity, as Well as Abasement of Human Dignity).

At the end of June 2017, the Leninsky District Court of Kursk sentenced the former deputy to a fine of 90.000 rubles ($1600). According to the investigation, Lee published her article in the newspaper Narodny Journalist under the title "Statement on the prosecution of region's prosecutor Filimonov." The publication states that the judge of the Leninsky district court Lyudmila Shurova "screamed like a shrew", and, in the opinion of the author, found the newspaper employee guilty before studying the case materials.

The case under extremist article against Lee was closed for lack of corpus delicti.

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