The Desniansky District Court in the
city of Kyiv sustained a plaintiff’s
claim filed by Yuri Sidorenko against the Holding Company Blitz-Inform
and the weekly newspaper Business. The court declared
that the information published about the
plaintiff in the Business was untrue.
On September 18, 2009, the Desniansky
District Court in the city of Kyiv sustained a claim filed by Yuri
Sidorenko, the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the EDAPS Consortium,
against the Holding Company Blitz-Inform CJSC—more precisely, against
its structural unit, the weekly publication Business (owner –
The main point of the lawsuit by Yuri
Sidorenko was the claim to disprove the untruthful information spread
by the Business and to receive compensation for moral injury
caused by the defamatory statement.
The Desniansky District Court admitted
that the Business spread false information and ordered it to
publish a retraction in the next issue.
The court decision also obligated Blitz-Inform
to pay the plaintiff compensation of 6,6 mln UAH (Ukrainian hryvnas)
for moral injury inflicted and for damage to his business reputation.
Moreover, the court admitted that the
publication infringed upon the non-property rights of the plaintiff
having disclosed his personal data and using his photo for a photomontage.
This is the second lawsuit lost by Blitz-Inform
and the Business that related to one and the same publication.
In the beginning of June 2009, the Supreme Court of Ukraine dismissed
an appeal filed by the Holding Company Blitz-Inform CJSC. Blitz-Inform
submitted the appeal after it lost quite a number of court cases against
the EDAPS Consortium.
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