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"Hazieta Slonimskaja" Faces Trial for Insulting the President

According to article 23.33 of the Code of Adminstrative Offenses,the non-state newspaper can be fined for up to 500 basic amounts (90 million rubles).

On August 5, the chief editor of Hazieta Slonimskaja Viktar Valadaschuk was summoned  to the Slonim district police department where he was informed that an adminstartive case was open against the editorial office under art. 23.33 (insulting honor and dignity of the president).

The chief editor says the grounds for the case became an article "Voice from a village. The main thing is that the presidnet can talk nicely" (dated July 29, the column Elections-2015). The article represents an interview with some villagers about the forthcoming elections. The editor does not know yet which fragment caused the case to start.