Court called Navalny's investigation of Usmanov's bribes "rumors disguised as credible allegations"

Court called Navalny's investigation of Usmanov's bribes "rumors disguised as credible allegations"
Alexey Navalny

Oppositionist and businessman received the full text of the court's decision.⁠

The Lublinsky Court of Moscow called FBK's data on bribes of a businessman rumors in its decision on a lawsuit to protect the honor and dignity of entrepreneur Alisher Usmanov to opposition politician and founder of the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) Alexey Navalny.

The full court decision states that the oppositionist disseminated the data "in order to spread rumors under the guise of credible allegations." The court considers that Navalny did not provide any evidence "in support of the fact that Usmanov was giving a bribe to Medvedev, Shuvalov or other Russian officials."

The document emphasizes that "the unfounded accusations, spread by Navalny and FBK, are very significant." The court accused the oppositionist and his foundation in the complete absence of "a reasonable and balanced approach to the information they reported, as is customary in a modern democratic society".

Recall, on May 31 the court ordered Navalny to delete the film-investigation He Is Not Your Dimon and a number of publications in the blog within 10 days, as well as post a denial on the Internet. However, the opposition politician says that he does not intend to implement the court's decision. The defense of Navalny is going to appeal the decision of the court.

In the video He Is Not Your Dimon it's about the fact that Medvedev's classmate Ilya Yeliseev and Sotsgosproekt associated fund received a plot of land with a house worth 5 billion rubles ($88.3m) in the village of Znamensky on the Rublyovskoye highway from Usmanov under a donation agreement. Navalny calls the transfer of the mansion a bribe. Usmanov explained n an interview with Vedomosti that he handed the mansion on Rublyovka to Sotsgosproekt in exchange for the land that belonged to the fund next to his plot. According to him, the idea of ​​an exchange of land with the fund appeared when Yeliseev told him about plans to build "five large mansions" near the Usmanov's site.⁠

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