MOSCOW, January 25 (RAPSI) – Polish journalist Maciej Wiśniowski has turned to the Moscow Presnensky District Court to seek a 2 million rubles ($27,000) compensation for moral harm from Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) Radio and ex-Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who, he alleges, disseminated false information injurious to his honor and dignity.
On November 25, 2020, an article written by Khodorkovky was published on the official website of the Echo of Moscow Radio; the author alleged that Wiśniowski worked for Russian security services, the complaint RAPSI has at its disposal reads.
The plaintiff insists that because of the article certain Polish mass media outlets suspended cooperation with him; materials saying that Wiśniowski had pro-Russian bias as a journalist were published across Poland; moreover, some of his business partners clearly hinted that he could be a spy. Wiśniowski alleges also that a criminal case against him may be launched in Poland and it would be a burden to prove his innocence.
The journalist seeks that the court rules that the information on his alleged work for Russian security services is false; that the defendants are to publish a retraction; and that the said amount is recovered from them for his nonpecuniary damage.