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Samara Publisher Faces Intellectual Property Charges

The director of an independent periodical in Russia's Samara Oblast faces charges of infringing on intellectual property rights, according to RFE/RL's Russian Service.

"Samarskaya gazeta" head Sergei Kurt-Adzhiev was officially accused by Russian prosecutors of using unlicensed PC programs for employees.

He was ordered not to leave the city of Samara until the investigation is complete.

Kurt-Adzhiev, a former Samara bureau chief for the independent "Novaya gazeta" newspaper, rejects the charges and says they are politically motivated.

His lawyer, Nikolai Gavrilov, told RFE/RL that he would file an official protest with the Prosecutor-General's Office.