The European Court of Human Rights ruled last Thursday that Russian authorities abused the human rights of media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky and broke international law.

MOSCOW (Hollywood Reporter)--The European Court of Human Rights ruled last Thursday that Russian authorities abused the human rights of media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky and broke international law.

NTV television network founder Gusinsky, who had presided over a media empire that was critical of the Kremlin and who now lives in self-imposed exile in Israel, was imprisoned on fraud charges four years ago.

The Human Rights judges in Strasbourg, France, ruled that the authorities used his imprisonment as leverage to force him to sign a deal selling the station's mother company Media-Most to state-controlled gas company Gazprom.

The judges ordered the Russian government to pay Gusinsky's $105,000 legal bill for violating his right to liberty and security under the European Convention on Human Rights, to which Russia is a signatory.

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