European Court of Human Rights has delivered judgement at the suit of Ukrainian Media-Group against Ukraine. In 1999 the newspaper "Day" had published two articles which became a subject of assize the same year. The claimants were known politicians Natalia Vitrenko and Peter Simonenko. They accused the newspaper "Day" of publishing information which, in their opinion, was untrue and undermined their business reputation, reported.

Ukrainian court, having examined these two claims separately, has made a decision that the newspaper had really published the inveracious information and has obliged edition to publish a refutation and a corresponding court decision. This decision was accompanied by the monetary penalty. Later Ukrainian Media-Group, considering such decision of the court a contradiction of the principles of freedom of speech, has appealed with the claim to the European Court of Human Rights.

Today the court has returned a verdict: the Budget of Ukraine should compensate the claimant (Ukrainian Media-Group) 588 Euros for financial loss, 33000 Euro for not financial loss, 5521 Euros for legal costs.

According to a correspondent of, the representative of Ukraine in the European Court of Human Rights Vladimir Butkevich has emphasized that this decision is not final, and it is quite possible that the defeated party (the state of Ukraine) will appeal against the court's decision. Thus he predicts that the appeal will not be considered for a long time and probably today's decision will be confirmed even before the beginning of summer vacations.

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