Ex-owner of Cherkizon Ismailov loses case against Rosbalt
The entrepreneur demanded to remove seven publications with photos.
The former owner of the Cherkizovsky Market, Telman Ismailov, whom Moscow’s Basmanny Court is arrested in absentia and put on the international wanted list, lost the lawsuit against Rosbalt. Earlier, the entrepreneur filed a lawsuit in the Smolensk Court of St. Petersburg on the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation with the requirement to remove seven editorial materials and publish retractions.
“The materials contained an assessment of the events that took place with the claimant’s participation, and, according to the law, the media cannot be held accountable for expressing assessments and opinions,” the news agency’s lawyer Dmitry Firsov said.
The publications concerned the criminal case initiated against Ismailov. The investigation accused the entrepreneur of kidnapping singer Avraam Russo, involvement in the two murders and illegal arms trafficking. In the same case, the court arrested the alleged murder organizer, Telman’s brother Rafik Ismailov. Another brother, Vagif, managed to escape from the investigation and was put on the international wanted list, and also arrested in absentia. He is charged with helping to conceal crimes.
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