Support The Moscow Times!

Nemtsov Defeats Baturina's Defamation Suit

In a new sign of changing winds in the capital, a Moscow court on Wednesday threw out a defamation lawsuit by former Mayor Yury Luzhkov’s billionaire wife, Yelena Baturina, against her critic Boris Nemtsov, Interfax reported.

The Moscow District Federal Arbitration Court overturned a July ruling that ordered Nemtsov to retract two of five disputed passages in a 2009 booklet critical of Luzhkov and to pay 60,000 rubles ($1,900) in damages.

Representatives of Baturina, who filed the lawsuit in February, said her construction company, Inteko, would appeal Wednesday’s verdict.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the Moscow District Federal Arbitration Court threw out the defamation suit Thursday. It actually was rejected Wednesday.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.