Navalny turns to Russia’s Supreme Court in defamation dispute with Crimean meat plant
MOSCOW, February 19 (RAPSI) – Alexey Navalny has lodged a petition challenging order to remove and refute information on the Crimean meat processing plant Druzhba Narodov distributed by the blogger with Russia’s Supreme Court, the court records read on Wednesday.
Earlier, the Moscow District Commercial Court has dismissed Navalny’s cassation appeal in this defamation dispute.
Navalny has challenged the Moscow Commercial Court’s ruling of February, 2019, and the July, 2019, ruling of the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals.
The Moscow Commercial Court ruled in favor of Druzhba Narodov on February 12, 2019. The court declared information distributed by Navalny in one of his videos untrue and discrediting the plant’s business standing.
The statements read that the meat processing plant inflated prices for food products purveyed for the National Guard, delivered bad quality goods and accused the plant employees of embezzlement during supplies.
According to the court ruling, the defendant did not furnish evidence of credibility of the disseminated information.
On July 26, 2019, the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals upheld the ruling.