Russian businessman Telman Ismailov charged in absentia with murder and illegal arms trafficking has lodged a 1-million-ruble defamation lawsuit ($16,000) against Rosbalt new agency, the spokesperson of Moscow‚??s Presnensky District Court Aleksey Chernikov has told RAPSI. In his claim Ismailov says that the media outlet published 7 articles containing intentionally false information about him and abusive language.The businessman demands to collect 900,000 rubles from the news agency and 100,000 rubles from an author of articles. Moreover, he seeks refutation of statements written in the articles and declaration of them contradicting the reality.
In March 2017, Ismailov was declared bankrupt. In December 2017, the businessman was charged in absentia with murder and illegal arms trafficking. He was also put on the international wanted list.