Russian businessman Mikhailov loses libel suit against Navalny
MOSCOW, August 7 (RAPSI, Oleg Sivozhelezov) – Moscow’s Lyublinsky District Court on Monday dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by businessman Sergey Mikhailov against opposition politician Alexey Navalny and the Anti-Corruption Foundation, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
The lawsuit is related to “Chaika” article, published on the Anti-Corruption Foundation’s website, calling Mikhailov a gangster.
The court refused to declare this information libel and to oblige Navalny and the Foundation to publish refutation as well as to collect 250,000 rubles (about $4,200) in moral damages and 20,000 rubles (about $330) in court expenses from each defendant.
On May 31, the Lyublinsky District Court granted a defamation lawsuit filed by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov against Navalny. The court recognized information about Usmanov distributed by the Anti-Corruption Foundation and Navalny as discrediting and untrue and ordered the defendants to refute the statements.