Afrique Ameriques Asie Moyen-Orient Internet Nations unies
 
Russia12 February 2008

Opposition weekly’s computers seized in raid

Reporters Without Borders protested strongly today at a raid by legal officials on the offices of the opposition weekly paper Minuty Veka (formerly Novy Peterburg) in which all its computers, as well as administrative documents and its archives since 1997 were seized, on the pretext that it did not have computer licences.

“We deplore this increasingly common practice in Russia,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The authorities are preventing the appearance of opposition papers by claiming to fight computer piracy. Even if Minuty Veka did not have all its equipment licenced, this is no reason to close it down.”

The 6 February swoop prevented that week’s issue from coming out the next day and the 14 February issue is in doubt. Editor Alexei Andreyev said the raid was linked to the imprisonment of one of the paper’s founders, Nikolai Andrushenko, and because its editorial line.

He said Novy Peterburg stopped coming out on 29 November last year, five days after Andrushenko was arrested, but was replaced by a new paper, Minuty Veka.

Andrushenko’s home and the paper’s offices were searched and a court accused him of printing “dubious” and “insulting” articles and exerting pressure on legal institutions.

He was taken to a psychiatric hospital for tests on 18 December and was held there until 16 January. He wrote to President Vladimir Putin on 4 February saying he wanted to renounce his Russian citizenship because he had been beaten several times in prison.




  In this country
2 June - Russia
Journalist seeks asylum in Finland after being convicted for prison torture articles
1 May - Russia
Newspaper editor in coma after latest case of violence against journalists
10 April - Russia
Prosecutors say Novaya Gazeta journalist’s mysterious death was not murder
1er April - Russia
Local newspaper reporter dies two days after beating, human rights activist attacked outside Moscow home
16 March - Russia
Official issued Politkovskaya killer with fake passport

in the annual report
Russia - Annual Report 2008
Russia - Annual report 2007
Russia - 2006 Annual report

Europe press releases
4 June - Kosovo
Rrokum TV station still excluded by national broadcasting network
2 June - Ukraine
Potential witness’s death deals severe blow to probe into journalist’s murder
2 June - Turkey
Woman journalist held for past five weeks on baseless charge of link to armed group
29 May - France
Regrettable decision by appeal court to lift ban on magazine only if offending photo is covered up
28 May - Azerbaijan
Court breaks law by refusing to release journalist on health grounds

Reports
5 February 2009 - Bulgaria
“Resignation or resistance, Bulgaria’s embattled press hesitates”
28 January 2009 - Russia
Fact-finding visit : Moscow double murder may have been linked to November attack on local newspaper editor
27 June 2008 - Turkey
Investigation report into the detention of journalist Haci Bogatekin, imprisoned for more than two months and facing ten and a half years in prison
archives

Sign the petitions
Uzbekistan
Jusuf Ruzimuradov

Europe archives
2009 archives
2008 archives
2007 archives
2006 archives
2005 archives
2004 archives
2003 archives
2002 archives
2001 archives
2000 archives