Moscow court changes ruling in dispute between Navalny and Usmanov
MOSCOW, August 11 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has partially changed the ruling in favor of billionaire Alisher Usmanov in a libel lawsuit against Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny, RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom on Friday.
The court has dismissed an appeal filed by Navalny against the ruling of a lower court. The court noted that the defendants have only 10 days to delete videos and articles containing defaming information and to publish a retraction. According to the amended ruling, defendants may not delete parts not containing defaming information.
On May 31, the Lyublinsky District Court granted a defamation lawsuit filed by 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.
Usmanov filed a civil lawsuit against Navalny over protection of honor and dignity in April. The lawsuit is related to a movie published by the politician on his Youtube channel implying that Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had acquired property using non-profit foundations.
In particular, the movie implies that Usmanov has gifted a land plot with a mansion to a foundation allegedly controlled by Medvedev. The Prime Minister said that intent of “these so-called investigations” is to get people out onto the streets and to achieve particular political goals. Usmanov said that Navalny misleads people and that his assertions are libel.
According to the updated 2017 ranking compiled by Forbes magazine, Usmanov holds the fifth place in the list of Russia’s richest businessmen with a net worth $15.2 billion. His largest assets are shares in the ore and steel giant Metalloinvest, shares in electronics, media and telecom companies as well as 30% of shares in Arsenal Football Club.