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Kazakh Editor Fined Again Over Hitler Issue


The April 2014 "Angyz Adam" issue dedicated to Adolf Hitler (far right) on a newsstand in Almaty.

The editor of a celebrity magazine in Kazakhstan has been fined for a second time for devoting the magazine's April issue to Adolf Hitler.

In the latest case, an Almaty court on July 30 found Zharylqap Qalybai, the editor in chief of the magazine "Zhuldyzdar Otbasy-Anyz Adam" (Celebrities Family-Legendary People), guilty of "propagating and justifying extremism."

Qalybai was fined $150 and the magazine was fined $700.

The court also ruled that the magazine’s April issue must be withdrawn.

The issue contained photographs and memories of Hitler from his associates and friends. It also included excerpts from Hitler's "Mein Kampf."

Last month, the same court found the the issue dedicated to Hitler insulted 13 veterans of World War II and ruled that Qalybai must pay $5,350 to each of the plaintiffs.

In May, Qalybai was fined $1,200 for failing to reveal which publishing house had printed the last three issues of the magazine, which included the Hitler issue.

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