Russia continues to display its firm grasp of artistic freedom, as a federal district court forces a journalist to pay a $1,000 fine for writing a negative book review.
The plaintiff, an author whose work of fiction was reviewed in the publication's book review section, sued the reviewer, claiming that the author and his family had experienced severe mental suffering and that his professional reputation was damaged as a result of the review. The writer stated that after reading the book review, he experienced chest pains, headache, and elevated blood pressure. He demanded to be compensated in the amount of US$150,000.
Hmm. Then again. Maybe there's something to this. Whom do we sue for the boredom and misery inflicted by all these years of reading merely illiterate reviews?