MOSCOW, March 30 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia has refused to reconsider a business reputation dispute between Alexey Navalny and Crimean meat processing plant Druzhba Narodov, according to court records.
Navalny’s arguments cannot be a ground for the matter reconsideration by the Chamber for Commercial Disputes of the Supreme Court as they are directed at reevaluation of evidence in the case and challenging of findings of the lower courts, the highest instance has held.
Navalny has unsuccessfully challennged the Moscow Commercial Court’s ruling of February, 2019, and the July, 2019, ruling of the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals.
The Moscow Commercial Court ruled in favor of Druzhba Narodov on February 12, 2019. The court declared information distributed by Navalny in one of his videos untrue and discrediting the plant’s business standing.
The statements read that the meat processing plant inflated prices for food products purveyed for the National Guard, delivered bad quality goods and accused the plant employees of embezzlement during supplies.
According to the court ruling, the defendant did not furnish evidence of credibility of the disseminated information.
On July 26, 2019, the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals upheld the ruling.