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Russian opposition leaders sue Putin over remarks in TV Q&A session

Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Ryzhkov, Vladimir Milov, Mikhail KasyanovMoscow, 23 December: Three co-chairman of the as yet unregistered Party of People's Freedom, Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Milov and Vladimir Ryzhkov, lodged a lawsuit against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with Moscow's Savelovskiy Court.

"We have lodged the lawsuit in view of the fact that, while talking to the people (in a live Q&A session on Russian TV and radio) on 16 December, the prime minister accused us of having stolen billions from Russia together with (UK-based tycoon Boris) Berezovskiy. This is a lie and slander," Nemtsov has told Interfax.

He said they demanded that Putin and the (state) Rossiya-1 TV channel, which broadcast the session, should retract these words, and also intended to recover R1m (just over 30,000 dollars at the current ) from the prime minister.


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