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Rosneft and RBC reach friendly settlement on defamation lawsuit

June 26, 18:50 UTC+3

On April 26, 2016, Rosneft filed a lawsuit against the authors of the RBC article titled: "Sechin requests government to protect Rosneft from BP"

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MOSCOW, June 26. /TASS/. Russian top oil producer Rosneft and media holding RBC have signed an amicable agreement on the company's defamation lawsuit, a representative of Rosneft said on Monday at a meeting in the Arbitration Court of the Moscow District, where the cassation appeal of Rosneft against the decision of the first instance court on the suit was considered.

"Honorable court, I want to give you an approved settlement agreement," said the lawyer.

At the same time, the judges drew the attention of the parties that Rosneft, according to clause 5 of the settlement agreement, refuses claims to the defendant, which is impossible at the cassation instance. In this regard, this clause will be excluded by the parties from the document, so that the court can approve the settlement agreement.

On April 26, 2016, Rosneft filed a lawsuit against the authors of the article titled: "Sechin requests government to protect Rosneft from BP" RBC newspaper journalists Timofei Dzyadko, Lyudmila Podobedova and Maxim Tovkailo, and also against RBC founder Business-Press company and demanded that they repudiate the false information posted on the website and disseminated by other media sources.

In December 2016, the Moscow court partly satisfied the defamation lawsuit, ordering the media holding to pay 390,000 rubles ($6,605).

However, both parties disagreed with the court's decision. The Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal overturned that decision, except for the clause obliging the media holding to remove the article and publish a refutation.

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