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Microsoft Spurns Appeal to Intervene in Russian Piracy Case

Microsoft rebuffed a public appeal by Mikhail Gorbachev on Monday for its chairman, Bill Gates, to intervene on behalf of a Russian school principal charged with software piracy.

The case of the teacher, Aleksandr Ponosov, has drawn wide public attention in Russia, in part because the principal says he innocently purchased computers with the unauthorized Windows software already installed.

Praising Russia’s enforcement of intellectual property rights, Microsoft sought to distance itself from the prosecution in a statement issued by its public relations agency in London.

Much later (2007 Mar 27): Russian faces trial for Microsoft piracypdf; Retrial for Microsoft piracy case