Court relieves journalists from paying Litvinenko compensation for corruption charges
The Transparency International-R investigators are to pay.
The St. Petersburg City Court relieved journalists of Delovoy Peterburg from the obligation to pay compensation to the Mining University rector Vladimir Litvinenko in a claim for damage to honor and dignity. Also, the court reduced the amount of to be paid by the other defendant, ANO Center for anti-corruption research and initiatives “Transparency International-R,” from five ($ 76,000) to one million rubles ($ 15,000), the joint press service of the St. Petersburg courts reported.
In May 2018, the Vasileostrovsky Court of St. Petersburg ordered the local publication and the Russian branch of Transparency International to pay Litvinenko four ($ 61,000) and five million rubles respectively. Three authors of the material about the involvement of the St. Petersburg rector in a corruption crime were ruled to pay 1 million rubles. Litvinenko demanded compensation of 65 million rubles ($ 989,000).
In November 2016, the journalists published information that Litvinenko’s close associates received property from the Mining University worth 7 billion rubles ($ 106,588 million). In December of the same year, Transparency International-R wrote that the housing property owned by Litvinenko-controlled commercial organizations at the Vasilyevsky Quarter costs 20 billion rubles ($ 304,537 million) in total.
Oleg Zaytsev had wide connections within the criminal world and law enforcement agencies. This is being related to an organized crime group headed by Ruslan Kilievich that had allegedly been patronized by a former Federal Security Service Directorate officer Oleg Natalchenko. The crime group had also been a core driver for almost disbanding the criminal investigation department of the police.