Navalny fined for seventh time for failure to remove video about Usmanov
MOSCOW, August 15 (RAPSI) – The Lyublinsky District Court of Moscow has upheld obligation of Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny to pay a 3,300-ruble fine (about $50) for failure to comply with a court ruling ordering to delete parts of video about businessman Alisher Usmanov, the press-service of the court has stated.
The court upheld a decision of bailiffs to fine Navalny 3,300 rubles in total. Earlier, Navalny was repeatedly fined for refusing to delete parts of the video. He challenged the fines 7 times.
In May 2017, the court granted a libel suit lodged 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. Later, the Supreme Court of Russia upheld the ruling.
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.