Russian businessman Mikhailov files libel lawsuit against Navalny
MOSCOW, June 14 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – Businessman Sergey Mikhailov has filed a defamation lawsuit demanding 500,000 rubles ($8,800) in compensation from opposition politician Alexey Navalny and the Anti-Corruption Foundation, the Lyublinsky District Court’s press-service told RAPSI on Wednesday.
The Lyublinsky District Court of Moscow will hold a conference on the claim on June 29.
According to the court’s spokesperson Lyudmila Morozova, the lawsuit is related to “Chaika” article, published on the Anti-Corruption Foundation’s website, calling Mikhailov a gangster.
The plaintiff asks the court to declare this information libel and to oblige defendants to publish refutation as well as to order Navalny and the Foundation to pay 250,000 rubles (about $4,400) in moral damages each and 20,000 rubles (about $350) in court expenses.
On May 31, Moscow’s 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.