Famous anti-corruption blogger's suit for board minutes to be retried
MOSCOW, September 12 - RAPSI, Alyona Yegorova. The Moscow Commercial Court will start its retrial on October 11 in the lawsuit filed by Rosneft minority shareholder and famous anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny for the minutes of 2009 Rosneft board meetings, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) was told in court.
In August 2010, the Commercial Court ordered Rosneft to provide Navalny the minutes in full, but the court of appeals amended the decision in April 2011. According to the appellate court decision, Rosneft was to provide Navalny with only those minutes that were not deemed confidential by its in-house rules.
The Moscow District Federal Commercial Court heard Rosneft's cassation appeal against the lower court decisions, and decided that it was necessary to determine which minutes Rosneft could exclude from Navalny due to confidentiality. The court determined that this could only be settled through a retrial of the case, so remanded the case to the Moscow Commercial Court.
Navalny is a minority shareholder of several major Russian state-owned companies. In 2010, he filed several lawsuits against these companies for access to corporate information. The companies, in turn, argued these claims amount to nothing more than an abusive fishing expedition for harmful information against them.