Mikhas still fighting for his 'good' name 

Mikhas still fighting for his 'good' name
Sergey Mikhailov during another awarding ceremony

The businessman filed a new lawsuit against the Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF), which called him "the leader of Solntsevskaya gang".⁠

'Authoritative' businessman Sergey Mikhailov, known by many under the nickname Mikhas, filed a new lawsuit against the ACF on the protection of honor and dignity, Interfax reports with reference to the press secretary of the Lyublinsky Court of Moscow Lyudmila Morozova. The businessman was particularly confused by the material headed "Putin indeed gave a watch to S. Mikhailov, the leader of Solntsevskaya gang", which was published in August on the website of Alexey Navalny. Mikhailov believes that the information in the article collides with reality, therefore he wants to achieve the removal of this material through the court within a week. At the same time, Mikhailov has no financial claims, except for compensation of judicial and notarial costs in the amount of 16 600 rubles ($289.7). Pre-trial preparation of the case is scheduled for September 21.

August 7 saw the Lyublinsky Court rejecting Mikhailov's lawsuit against the ACF for 500,000 rubles ($8.7 thousand), demanding that the statement from Chaika investigative film about the family of the Russian Prosecutor General saying that Mikhailov was a "criminal authority and the leader of Solntsevskaya gang nicknamed Mikhas" be recognised unreliable and defamatory. 

Then the representative of Mikhailov Marina Kaudelnaya tried to prove that he was called Mikhas while he went to school, and not in the crime group. The lawsuit said that Mikhailov was an influential businessman, headed a charitable organization, had awards from the Russian Interior Ministry, from the Russian president and Patriarch of All Russia, and Navalny's statements about his connections with the criminal world were defamatory and untrue.

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Information on the award watch from Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on Mikhailov's personal website in 2014. However, soon this fact was denied by Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who claimed in an interview with Radio Svoboda that Putin had not awarded Mikhailov. "We did not announce anything about this, which means that this simply did not take place," said Peskov.

However, the article of the ACF states that the president indeed issued a special order and awarded Mikhailov with the watch. To support this, the article features a copy of the president's decree on encouraging Sergey Mikhailov, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of charitable foundation Uchastie, for holding charity events in honor of the 69th anniversary of the Great Victory as of May 14, 2014. 

Notably, the archive of the website of the Presidential Administration does not have a report on this award.

However, a recent press conference held by Mikhailov for journalists saw him continuing to insist on the existence of the gift and even demonstrating the watch. According to Mikhailov, the watch case is made of pure gold, and the mechanism is made in Switzerland.

After the so-called law on the right to oblivion was adopted in 2016, Mikhailov consistently tries to clean up the Internet from materials that describe him as the leader of Solntsevskaya gang nicknamed Mikhas.

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