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Russia: Government Official Tries to Force Websites to Remove Discrediting Video

On October 23, 2011 Kseniya Sobchak, celebrity journalist, had shot a video of Vasiliy Yakemenko, the head of the Federal Agency for Youth, in the most expensive restaurant of Moscow. Criticism followed the video [ru] upload: according to his tax declaration [ru], Yakemenko could hardly afford attending such place. Later Anna Biryukova, Agency's press-secretary, sent removal demands to a number of websites (1, 2 [ru]) threatening to sue them. Portals claim Agency's threats have no legal base.

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