A Moscow city court has reopened hearings on a libel suit brought bySoviet propagandist Iona Andronov against Boris Yeltsin lastyear, Moscow’s Echo radio reported August 28. Andronov initiatedthe suit after Yeltsin called him a "fascist" in theEnglish-language version of his memoir–the Russian edition doesnot contain that word. Yeltsin’s lawyers initially suggested thatthe error was the fault of American publishers but after that contention was shown to be untrue, the Russian court decidedto reopen the case. Andronov, who is seeking $100,000 in damages,said that his suit might more properly be addressed to Yeltsin’sghost writers since Yeltsin himself certainly did not write oreven read his book.
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