The Arbitration Court of the Krasnodar Territory fully satisfied the lawsuit of billionaire Oleg Deripaska to protect business reputation against The Telegraph, The Times and The Nation, the case file said. The details of the court decision are not given in it.
According to RBC, representatives of publications did not appear at the meeting. “There is not even a reaction to their appeal. I personally believe that such an attitude on their part in the consideration of a judicial dispute indicates the absence of legal arguments. Because if the publication values its reputation, it can find a form convenient for it to at least state its position, ”said the representative of Deripaska.
In April 2018, Oleg Deripaska, as well as his assets, were put on the U.S. sanctions list. In January 2019, UC Rusal, En + and Eurosibenergo were excluded from this list after the businessman reduced his share in them and ceased to be a controlling shareholder. The remaining companies and the billionaire himself remained under sanctions. In March 2019, Deripaska filed a lawsuit in Washington against the US Treasury Department, demanding the cancellation of the restrictions imposed against him. During the trial, the U.S. Treasury Department reported that, including when deciding on sanctions against Deripaska, he studied publications from The Telegraph, The Times and The Nation.
In September, Deripaska filed a lawsuit against the publishers of these newspapers. He demanded that the publications of these media be recognized as invalid and oblige them to remove materials from sites and publish a refutation. Billionaire lawyers felt that even the headlines of the publications that became the reason for the lawsuit are defamatory. For example, the title of an article by The Telegraph, “A politician-related oligarch ordered the murder of a banker,” according to lawyer Alexei Melnikov, contains direct accusations of breaking the law. Also, the lawyer saw the charges in the headline of The Times "The millionaire associated with the mafia spied on competitors."