MOSCOW, February 28 (RAPSI) – The Lyublinsky District Court of Moscow had again confirmed Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny is obliged to pay a fine for failing to comply with the court ruling ordering him to delete unsubstantiated information he disseminated, Lyudmila Morozova, the court’s spokeswoman, told RAPSI on Thursday.
According to Morozova, the court upheld three decisions of bailiffs, each fining Navalny 5,000 rubles (about $76), 15,000 rubles ($228 at the current exchange rate) in total.
Altogether, Navalny has been fined 12 times for the offence. Courts routinely fine the opposition politician; thus, last August the Moscow City Court ruled in favor of billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov recovering 1 ruble ($0.01) from Navalny and ordering him to refute a video statement on Prokhorov’s purchase of a villa in Italy he had released.
In May 2018, a Moscow court granted a libel suit lodged by businessman 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. 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.