Russian court orders Navalny to remove Usamov – Medvedev bribery statements

nsnbc : A court in the Russian capital Moscow, on Friday, ordered opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny to remove excerpts of a video from YouTube that accuse Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov of bribery. Navalny refused to comply.

Usamov_Russia_May 2017_(archives)Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) has accused Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in early March of channeling bribes through non-profit organizations linked to close friends, including  billionair and oligarch Alisher Usmanov.

Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation uploaded a video in which Usamov, who is reportedly worth $15 billion, is being accused of bribing Medvedev with a mansion valued at $83 million.

The video (see below) has been watched more than 23 million times.

In April 2017 Usamov claimed Navalny had “crossed a red line” when he alleged that he had made a multi-million-dollar bribe to Medvedev. Usamov, who is known as telecom kingpin and well-connected oligarch told the Russian State news agency TASS  “He really has crossed a red line in accusing me of committing a crime.”

In May, Usmanov released a 12-minute video addressed to Navalny denying the claims. No court has yet challenged Usamov to remove his video with “counter-claims”. FBK lawyer Ivan Zhdanov said in response to Friday’s ruling that the organization planned to appeal the decision. “Alexei Navalny is not going to remove anything”. “The Anti-Corruption Fund will not remove anything either,” he added.

F/AK – nsnbc 12.08.2017

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