Alisher Usmanov to sue Navalny for libel
According to the businessman, the opposition has no “moral right” to accuse him of a crime because he does business “transparently and legally.”
MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. Alisher Usmanov is going to sue Alexei Navalny in connection with the latest publications, discrediting the honor and dignity of the businessman, and slander, disseminated in published investigations of the Bulk. About this Usmanov told TASS.
Bulk leads people astray, and his statements are slander. I am a long time paid no attention to his false statements, in order not to create unnecessary PR, but the last stuffing slander, he crossed the red line, accusing me of committing a crime. In this context, I served on Bulk lawsuit and will address with the statement in law enforcement bodies.Alisher Usmanov
According to the businessman, there is no Bulk “moral right” to accuse him, because he does business “is transparent and legal,” providing jobs for more than a hundred thousand people, and it costs the charity exceed one hundred million dollars a year.
According to the published in early March, a material of the Fund of struggle against corruption Alexei Navalny, Ilya Eliseev, classmate of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and the associated sotsgosproyekt Foundation, received Usmanov under the contract of donation of land plot with a house in the village of Znamenskoye on Rublevsky highway cost 5 billion rubles.
Alisher Usmanov ranked fifth in the list of the richest businessmen of Russia according to Bloomberg. His condition, the Agency estimates at $14 billion, Usmanov is the largest shareholder of USM Holdings (48%). The holding company controlling Russia’s largest producer of iron ore production metalloinvest, mobile phone operator MegaFon, Internet-company Mail.ru. The businessman also owns major stakes in “YUTV holding” and “STS Media” and publishing house “Kommersant” and more than 30% of the shares of English football club “Arsenal”. In addition, Usmanov invests in foreign assets in the sphere of high technologies, such as Xiaomi, Uber, JD and other companies.