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Rosneft filed a lawsuit with a demand to recover from the publication 43 billion rubles. So the company assessed the damage to the reputation from the heading about the Ryazan private security company.
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RBC received Rosneft's lawsuit in the Moscow Arbitration Court, in which the company demands to recover RUB 43 billion from RBC. as reputational damage. The reason for the lawsuit was the title of an article stating that RN-Okhrana-Ryazan, a private security company, owned by the state Roszarubezhneft, on May 13 became the owner of 80% of the National Oil Consortium (NOC), which follows from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities.

The first version of the material was published under the heading "Ryazan private security company received a stake in the former Venezuelan Rosneft project. The next day, the title was changed in connection with the receipt of a clarifying comment from Rosneft on Roszarubezhneft received the former Venezuelan asset of Rosneft through the private security company.

“The first version of the title is absolutely correct, it was changed not because of inaccuracy, but in order to reflect additional information from the company's commentary on the technical role of the private security company in the transaction, which Rosneft was able to formulate only a day after the editorial request. The Ryazan private security company, which is now part of the structure of Roszarubezhneft, received the former asset of Rosneft in Venezuela. This is a fact from the official disclosure. And the heading of RBC reflected this fact, ”said Peter Kanaev, head of the joint editorial office of RBC.

RBC previously issued a statement that it is convinced of the reliability and objectivity of published information based solely on official data.

Rosneft believes that the title called into question the "alienation of Venezuelan assets outside the group’s perimeter", and the publication "created additional sanction risks for the plaintiff, provoking an additional sanctions policy against him, despite the actual termination of activity in Venezuela."

The amount of the claim at Rosneft was explained by the worst dynamics of the company's shares on the MICEX on the day of publication in comparison with the industry index of oil and gas.

“We are delighted with the assessment of the influence of RBC on what is happening on the Russian and world markets and intend to continue to provide our audience with balanced information that helps them make decisions in business,” said Nikolai Molibog, CEO of RBC.

What is the article about

The article tells about the fact that LLC ChOP RN-Okhrana-Ryazan, owned by the state Roszarubezhneft, on May 13 became the owner of an 80% stake in the National Oil Consortium (NOC), follows from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities. Through a stake in this company, Rosneft previously participated in a joint venture with the Venezuelan PDVSA, which was engaged in the extraction of raw materials in the Orinoco basin.

Private security company RN-Okhrana-Ryazan was established in 1999 and until April 2020 belonged to Rosneft. Its authorized capital was 250 thousand rubles. As follows from the register, on April 30, the private security company passed into the ownership of Roszarubezhneft.

On March 28, Rosneft announced that its assets in Venezuela were transferred to a company 100% owned by the Russian government. A few days later it became known that on the day Rosneft left Venezuela, the Federal Property Management Agency established a new company, Roszarubezhneft.