Navalny ready to take part in the debate with Usmanov


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Alexei Navalny said on its Internet site that is ready to take part in the debate with the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov after his video message, in which the businessman has denied the charges, Navalny in his address.

Comment Usmanov RIA Novosti has not yet.

Previously, the TV channel “Rain” addressed to Usmanov and Bulk with the invitation to meet on debate TV channel live.

Usmanov on Thursday, the first day of the trial on the claim against Navalny, published a video message on the social network “Vkontakte”, in which he responded to the accusations, including the allegations about the transfer of land with the mansion Fund allegedly controlled by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The businessman also denied that allegations of failure to pay them taxes in Russia: “this year I declared that only 2.7 billion rubles in taxes, and for ten years paid nearly half a billion dollars, translated at the exchange rate”.

Usmanov denied and the words of Navalny that the source of his condition — the largest privatization transaction. “Collateral auctions, as I recall, it ended in 95-m to year, for your information. I was never one of them did not participate in subsequent privatization deals, too,” — said the businessman.

The appearance of the Usmanov explains the need to provide explanations to the people who believe Navalny. Navalny on Thursday promised later to answer the points on the Usmanov statement made in the video, but not yet answered.

“The media wrote that they are ready to organize some kind of debate and are not afraid do I come to such debates — I was asked many times. I turn, including, for Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov, you say, Yes, I am ready to participate in such debates,” said Navalny on his Internet channel.

Navalny suggested to use to debate the platform of your “Fund of struggle against corruption”. While Navalny has said that he considers the video to him Usmanov as a threat.

According to Navalny, his response to the video, he intends to publish in early next week.

Earlier in an interview with “Vedomosti” Usmanov said that the contract from the Bulk film about Medvedev was part of the deal on another site. According to Usmanov, he originally bought the mansion for his sister, but she didn’t want to live there. According to him, he gave the land to the sotsgosproyekt Foundation Ilya Eliseev (according to the Bulk, associated with Medvedev), and in return received land near a private area.

Thursday in the Lublin court of Moscow has passed preliminary session under the claim of Usmanov to Navalny on protection of honor and dignity, the hearing on the merits scheduled for may 30. In the lawsuit Usmanov did not claim material claims, demanding to refute the information circulated.