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Russian billionaire sues Navalny

Opposition activist urges extra Western sanctions in opposition to Oleg Deripaska in response to defamation declare

Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska has sued opposition activist Aleksey Navalny and his associates over an “investigation” posted on YouTube in 2018 that accused the aluminum tycoon of giving bribes to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Tweeting concerning the lawsuit on Wednesday, Navalny known as on the US, EU and UK to impose extra sanctions on Deripaska and Lavrov.

The opposition blogger is at the moment in jail for a collection of transgressions, from defrauding a French firm and donors to his political campaigns, to contempt of court docket. He claims to be a sufferer of political persecution by President Vladimir Putin’s authorities.

“Putin crook is suing,” Navalny tweeted in Russian, posting a redacted photograph of the court docket summons. He mentioned Deripaska was demanding the elimination of pictures and movies depicting him with Lavrov in Japan, amongst different issues.

Deripaska’s lawyer Alexei Melnikov advised the outlet RBK that his shopper has certainly filed a defamation lawsuit.

“Based on the published photograph of the plaintiff with Foreign Minister Lavrov, completely unacceptable allegations were made about various crimes, in particular, with arguments about corruption, bribery and lobbying,” Melnikov mentioned.

In addition to Navalny, the lawsuit names his associates Georgy Alburov and Maria Pevchikh, in addition to The Insider, the New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy, and Associated Newspapers Limited, the father or mother firm of the Daily Mail.

Pevchikh advised RBK that Deripaska demanded not solely the deletion of their “investigative report,” but additionally a video rebuttal, saying he would demand 50 million rubles (round $825,000) a day in damages till that is achieved. She added she didn’t intend to conform together with his calls for.

Navalny appeared to counsel that the decision earlier than the Zelenograd court docket shall be a foregone conclusion, tweeting, “I have no doubts about the ability of Putin’s oligarch to convince Putin’s court.” He additionally known as on the US, EU and the UK to “introduce really effective sanctions against these thieves and accomplices of war” and ensure they will’t “bribe politicians and journalists” within the West to “launder their image.”

Deripaska has sued Navalny for defamation earlier than, profitable a judgment in November 2021. Earlier this week, the aluminum magnate sued one other Russian billionaire, banker Oleg Tinkov, demanding  two billion rubles ($35 million) in compensation over an Instagram submit through which Tinkov known as him “an oligarch and a thief.”


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