Businessman Alisher Usmanov is ready to submit evidence to the court that the charges of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in his address are false. This is stated in the message its press-services, excerpts of which on Friday, may 26, results video News Service.
The review came in response to a short video policy was published on 24 may. The text says about unproven statements, according to which Usmanov in Uzbekistan was serving a prison sentence for rape. The press service stressed that such or such article is not in the judgment of 1980 and in the definition of the Military Collegium of the Supreme court of the Republic of Uzbekistan from 2000 to abolish the verdict. There is no such information in the book, the former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray that is referenced by the opposition leader.
“So, Mr. Navalny lied three times: first, Usmanov was never convicted of rape, and secondly, Navalny did not read the book, which says, in the third — there’s no word about it. Apparently, Navalny once again tried to evade responsibility, Usmanov offering to handle a claim of libel to Mr. Murray?” — asked the representatives of Usmanov, Recalling that the distribution of false information shall be liable under article 152 of the civil code.
The conflict between Usmanov and Bulk began after the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK; founded by opposition) at the beginning of March published an investigation into allegedly linked to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev funds. In the materials, in particular, it was alleged that the businessman has transferred under the contract of donation land to the classmate of the head of the government Ilya Eliseev and affiliated with the sotsgosproyekt Foundation. Usmanov, like other participants in the proposed transaction, has rejected the charges.
The businessman filed a lawsuit against Navalny and BCF, in which he demanded to refute the information that is not relevant, in his opinion, reality. In addition, his press office has released several statements in which he accused politician of lying. Later Usmanov also made two appeals to the Bulk. The first, dated may 18, lasts 12 minutes, it businessman giving explanations to the charges. In the second video, dated may 24, Usmanov refused to debate with the opposition leader and likened him to a Polygraph Sharikov, a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov “heart of a Dog”.