A Moscow court docket has agreed with a declare by Dutch blogger Max van der Werff that Roman Dobrokhotov, editor-in-chief of investigative journalism outlet The Insider, defamed him over accusations that he works with Russian authorities.
However, regardless of the court docket’s resolution, Dobrokhotov was ordered to pay simply 156,000 rubles ($2,160), far beneath the 2 million rubles ($27,720) purchased by Van der Werff.
The Dutchman publicly accused Dobrokhotov of libeling him after The Insider claimed that he secretly cooperates with the GRU, Russia’s international navy intelligence company, to unfold misinformation concerning the Malaysian Airlines Boeing MH17 that was shot down over Ukrainian territory in July 2014. Van der Werff strenuously denies the accusations.
Now the court docket has agreed with him, Dobrokhotov should publicly make a press release refuting his claims. The blogger’s lawyer, Stalina Gurevitch, additionally famous that they’d enchantment the quantity of the award.
Earlier this month, Dobrokhotov was positioned on a wished listing after apparently fleeing Russia by crossing the border to Ukraine’s Lugansk area. At the identical time, the police raided his mother and father’ home, and introduced his spouse in for questioning.
Following the costs, he introduced that he had “had every right to leave the territory of Russia,” regardless of his passport being seized, calling the felony case a way of pressuring his kin.
“I don’t want to name the country I’m in yet, not even so much for security reasons, but because I’m on the move all the time,” he wrote.
The Insider was designated by the nation’s Ministry of Justice as a international agent earlier this yr. However, not like many different retailers with the tag, the publication has not adopted the authorized necessities imposed by the state, refusing to connect a ‘foreign agent’ disclaimer to its articles.
In the West, Dobrokhov’s outlet is finest recognized for its value alongside the US government-funded Bellingcat for quite a few investigations. Last month, The Insider was awarded an Emmy, alongside Bellingcat, Der Spiegel, and CNN, for its investigation into the poisoning of jailed opposition determine Alexey Navalny.
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