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Siberian Media Group Wins Case Against Russian Media Regulator Roskomnadzor

An independent media group in Russia's Siberia region has won a case against Russia's media regulator, Roskomnadzor.

A court in Moscow on December 20 upheld an August 3 ruling by another court that a Roskomnadzor decision against the Europe Plus Tomsk radio station was illegal.

Roskomnadzor had decided not to prolong the broadcasting license for Europe Plus Tomsk, which belongs to the TV-2 media group in the city of Tomsk in West Siberia.

Europe Plus Tomsk radio is TV-2's last operating project.

TV-2's Chief Editor Viktor Muchnik said the court's ruling is important not only for his media group but for all journalists in Russia.

The TV-2 group previously had one of Russia's most respected independent regional television stations -- Tomsk TV-2.

But that station went off air on January 1, 2015 after the local state-owned broadcasting center cancelled its transmission agreement.

Staff and management for Tomsk TV-2, an award-winning regional channel known for its editorial independence, have insisted that the closure was politically motivated.

Based on reporting on Novaya Gazeta and