Ex-Minister of Energy Yusufov sues Internet

Ex-Minister of Energy Yusufov sues Internet
Igor Yusufov

The World Wide Web allegedly tarnished the business reputation of the former top manager of Rosneft and Gazprom.

The Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow registered the claim of businessman and former Minister of Energy Igor Yusufov against the Internet. So far it is only known that it is an application about the protection of the honor, dignity and business reputation of the ex-official.

Yusufov headed the Ministry of Energy in 2001-2004, before that, he worked as the director general of the Federal Reserve Agency for about three years. At the beginning of the 2000s, he served on the board of Rosneft, Transneft, Transneftproduct, from 2003 to 2013 he worked at Gazprom. In 2004-2011, he was the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Energy Cooperation, Ambassador of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2011, he has been engaged in investment activities through the Energiya Fund established by him.

As Rambler notes, there are a lot of harmful materials about Yusufov associated with multi-billion embezzlement. It can be assumed that the ex-official wants to achieve the removal of compromising links from search engines.

In 2014, the European Court legalized the right to oblivion. Each person may request to remove links to information that is deceitful, inaccurate or more irrelevant from search engines. From 2014 to 2017, Google received 2.5 million requests to remove data from the search results, mainly from public figures and politicians.

In Russia, the right to oblivion came into force at the legislative level on January 1, 2016. One of the first to use it was restaurateur Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is credited with creating the troll factory and the PMC Wagner. Entrepreneur Sergey Mikhailov, who is called the former leader of the Solntsevskaya organized criminal group, was especially active using innovation. Mikhailov demanded to remove all information about his criminal past from the Internet.

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