Russian Principal: Case Dismissed

From Microsoft-Watch:

Today, a Russian judge dismissed the Microsoft piracy case against school principal Alexander Ponosov.

A verdict had been expected today in the prosecution that started on Jan. 9. The piracy case drew national headlines following a personal plea from former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates for mercy in the case. Ponosov is principal of the secondary school in the village of Sepych.

Russia’s CNews reported that Judge Elvira Mosheva dismissed the case because “Microsoft’s financial damage is too insignificant for a criminal investigation.”

Can’t say its a surprise. And I also thought Microsoft’s PR guys would know better…
I can’t understand what was the reasoning behind Microsoft’s decision to pursue this case when obviously they have nothing to gain but bad press. Can you?

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