9 June 2011
On 9 June 2011 a Justice of the Peace in court district No. 10, Soviet district, Kazan, found Yury Egorov guilty of criminal slander of Rashit Vagizov, the former Human Rights Ombudsman of Tatarstan.
A blogger who resigned from the staff of the Human Rights Ombudsman for Tatarstan in 2007 has been given a suspended prison sentence of six months (with a six-month supervision period) for statements made on the Internet about the activities of Rashit Vagizov, in particular a statement about the dubious, in his view, manner of distribution of pay among the staff. The court also ruled that Egorov’s computer should be destroyed as the means by which he had committed the crime. Yury Egorov is represented by the Agora Human Rights Association.
The blogger did not admit his guilt and said that he will appeal against the verdict. At the trial the state prosecution asked that Yury Egorov be sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence with a two-year supervision period, the correspondent of the OpenInform Agency reports.