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Decree forbids making insulting or slanderous remarks against President of Tartarstan



On 24 June 1996, a presidential decree was issued which forbids
making insulting or slanderous public remarks about the President
of Tartarstan. The decree calls for a four million ruble (US$
800) fine on anyone found guilty of the charge. Repeat offenders
whose insults are printed in the media face higher fines of seven
million rubles. Furthermore, the decree states that any media
outlet which reports an insult against the President will be
fined 30 million rubles and all copies of the offending issues
confiscated.




Recommended Action


Send appeals to authorities:
  • indicating that the presidential decree constitutes a gross
    violation of press freedom, and urging that the decree be
    repealed immediately





    Appeals To



    His Excellency Shaimiev Mentimer
    President of the Republic of Tartarstan
    Kazan, Russia
    Fax: +78 43 236 70 88




    send copies to:
    His Excellency Boris Yeltsin
    President
    Moscow, Russia
    Fax: +70 95 206 39 61/206 51 37/206 00 33
    Government Press Office Fax: +70 95 230 24 08
    or e-mail c/o Marat Guriev, Administration of President Yeltsin:
    marat@guriev.niiros.msk.su






    Please copy appeals to the originator if possible.




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