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Criminal Case Against Russian Editor Closed

SAMARA, Russia -- A criminal case against the editor of an independent newspaper in the southwestern Russian city of Samara has been closed, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Sergei Kurt-Adzhiev, the editor of the "Samarskaya Gazeta," said the Samara prosecutor's office has stated that he is innoncent of charges that he used pirated computer software.

The offices of "Novaya Gazeta v Samare" -- where Kurt-Adzhiev worked as chief editor before the paper was shut down by officials -- were first searched in May 2007 after an opposition rally organized by Kurt-Adzhiev's daughter, Anastasia.

Charges were brought against him one year later.