Businessman Mikhail Fridman filed a lawsuit against the newspaper “Vedomosti” because of an article about “Russian mafia”
Businessman Mikhail Fridman filed a lawsuit against the newspaper “Vedomosti” in connection with the publication of an article about “Russian mafia”. This was reported Agency city news “Moscow” a press-the Secretary of the Ostankino court Cristina Batyrova.
“The petition stated that the newspaper “Vedomosti” on 27 February 2017 published an article entitled “How the Spanish project of Mikhail Fridman was involved in the case about “Russian mafia” with the subtitle “the call from Spain. Russian investors are now difficult to do business in Europe: corporate conflict structures Michael Friedman with Spanish businessman turned into a case about “Russian mafia”. A similar article was also published on the website of the newspaper”, — said K. Batyrov.
She said that the plaintiff asks to recognize the published information not corresponding to reality and discrediting the honor, dignity and business reputation of M. Friedman, and also to oblige the Respondent to publish a refutation in print, and in electronic form, as well as to remove the article from the website edition.
K. Batyrov added that the claim about protection of honor, dignity, business reputation stated to JSC “Business news Media” and author Ivan Vasiliev. Conversation on business is appointed to April 24, 2017
The article describes the scheme of withdrawal of money from Dutch telecommunications company Zed, which was established in 2012 to combine the assets of large producer of content, the Spanish holding company Zed Worldwide and content providers “VimpelCom” (operates under the brand “Beeline”), CJSC “Temafon” and ZAO “Subject”, controlled by the largest owner of mobile operator M. Friedman and his partner Vahe Yengibaryan. It is noted that the derived from the Dutch company alleged the money went in bribes to senior officials in Russia.
The last time such a claim M. Friedman was presented in 2014 to the newspaper “Izvestia” and the leader of the party “Yabloko” Sergei Mitrokhin. The businessman demanded to recognize the defamatory and to refute the information disseminated by publication in the article-interview with S. Mitrokhin, who claimed that Alexei Navalny “is a political order of “Alfa group” Mikhail Fridman”. Ninth arbitration court of appeal the proceedings stopped.
M. Friedman is the principal owner of Russia’s largest financial-industrial Association “the alpha-Groups” among the assets of “Alfa-Bank”, X5, “AlfaInsurance”, “A1” and the group LetterOne Holdings.
According to the magazine Forbes, as M. Friedman in 2015 was estimated at 14.6 billion dollars.