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Rosneft wins defamation lawsuit against RBC media holding

A Moscow court ordered the RBC media holding to pay $6,300

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. A Moscow court partly satisfied a defamation lawsuit filed by Russia’s state-owned oil giant Rosneft ordering the RBC media holding to pay 390,000 rubles ($6,300), a TASS correspondent reported.

Rosneft had demanded to recover more than 3 billion rubles ($48.7 mln) from RBC.

The lawsuit was prompted by an article posted on the RBC’s website in April and titled: "Sechin requests government to protect Rosneft from BP." The article said that Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin was requesting the government to limit the rights of the buyers of the company’s shares slated for sale, fearing that BP might gain a blocking stake during privatization of Rosneft’s 19.5% share package.