Feb 6, 2007

Microsoft and Gorbachev (Ern)

...just because you destroyed the Soviet Empire doesn't mean you can take down a US corporate empire.

From RFE/RL:

Microsoft rebuffed an appeal by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev for its chairman, Bill Gates, to intervene in a Russian court case against a schoolteacher charged with software piracy. "[He] is threatened with detention in Siberian prison camps for up to five years if convicted," wrote Gorbachev in an open letter.

In response, Microsoft said in a statement on February 5 that "Mr.Ponosov's case is a criminal case and as such was initiated and investigated by the public prosecutor's office in Russia. We are sure that the Russian courts will make a fair decision."

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