Chief editor and employees of Rosbalt summoned for questioning in case of libel against Usmanov

Chief editor and employees of Rosbalt summoned for questioning in case of libel against Usmanov
Nikolay Ulyanov

The security forces officers were looking for materials mentioning kingpin Shakro Molodoy on the computers of the editorial office.

Rosbalt employees were summoned to the police within a case of libel against businessman Alisher Usmanov, whom the media have repeatedly associated with crime lords. On April 18, the security forces conducted a search with the seizure of computers and materials, which mentioned crime lord Shakro Molodoy, Interfax reports, referring to the chief editor of Rosbalt in Moscow, Nikolay Ulyanov.

“On Tuesday, we – I, an editorial staff member who is involved in the case, and also, probably, our technical employee – will have to come with our lawyer to the investigator to the investigation department of the Moscow MIA’s Main Directorate,” Ulyanov said. 

According to him, data on the editorial computers were searched for the word “Shakro.”. As a result, three computers were taken away.

“We didn’t have any investigations, either major or minor, concerning Alisher Usmanov, so it’s logical that this should not have anything to do with Rosbalt,” Ulyanov said.

The search was carried out in the framework of a case of libel (part 2 of Article 128.1 CCRF), instituted in December 2018 at Usmanov’s request, Rosbalt’s lawyer Dmitry Firsov clarified.

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