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  • Marius Labentowicz
    Babitsky Says He Received Phony Passport From FSB Officer RBC, 02.10.2000, Makhachkala 14:03:59. Hearings on the case of Radio Liberty Correspondent Andrey
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 2, 2000
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      Babitsky Says He Received Phony Passport From FSB Officer

      RBC, 02.10.2000, Makhachkala 14:03:59. Hearings on the case of Radio
      Liberty Correspondent Andrey Babitsky started in a local court in
      Makhachkala, the capital of Daghestan, today. Daghestan is a Russian
      republic neighboring Chechnya. Babitsky announced he is not guilty of
      using a phony passport. He explained he received this passport from
      an FSB officer in Chechnya. The court hearings will last for three
      days.
    • Marius Labentowicz
      Oct.7th 18:00 | Babitsky Found Guilty but Amnestied Russian war reporter Andrei Babitsky, who was held by Russian forces in rebel Chechnya earlier this year,
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 6, 2000
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        Oct.7th

        18:00 | Babitsky Found Guilty but Amnestied

        Russian war reporter Andrei Babitsky, who was held by Russian forces
        in rebel Chechnya earlier this year, was convicted of using false
        documents on Friday, his employer, the U.S.-funded Radio Liberty,
        said.

        An official at the radio station's Moscow bureau said Babitsky had
        been given a fine of 100 minimum wages ((8349 rubles, or $300), but
        would not have to pay it as his crime fell under an amnesty announced
        in May.

        Babitsky's lawyers had been seeking an acquittal on the grounds that
        he had been forced to use fake documents in extreme circumstances.

        The case of Babitsky, whose frontline reports for Radio Liberty
        angered the Kremlin, has been seen as a test of free speech in
        Russia. Other charges against Babitsky, including a charge that he
        participated in armed groups, had been dropped. //Reuters
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