MT Reporter Named In Prokhorov Lawsuit

A Moscow Times reporter was named as a defendant Monday in a lawsuit filed by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov over an interview with billionaire Vladimir Potanin published in The Moscow Times.

Prokhorov filed the suit against Potanin, his former business partner, and United Press, the parent company of The Moscow Times, following claims made by Potanin in an interview published in the newspaper in June that Prokhorov had reneged on an agreement to sell his stake in Norilsk Nickel to Potanin and Metalloinvest chief Alisher Usmanov.

The Moscow Arbitration Court added Moscow Times reporter Nadia Popova, who wrote the article, to the list of defendants on Monday.

United Press lawyers were studying the court's decision.

The court also scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for Oct. 8 and rejected a motion filed by Potanin's lawyers to replace Judge Nikolai Tarasov, Interfax reported.

Potanin's lawyers had argued that the judge should be replaced because Prokhorov's lawyers had acted improperly in filing the case twice with the same court.

The opening of the first lawsuit, filed July 21, was postponed by Judge Yana Larina, who cited procedural violations and gave Prokhorov's lawyers until Aug. 22 to put their case in order. Instead, Prokhorov's legal team filed a second suit on July 28, which was assigned to Tarasov. A lawyer for Potanin has earlier claimed that the second suit was filed because Prokhorov's lawyers wanted a different judge to hear the case, Interfax reported. However, the court ruled on Monday that there were no grounds for replacing Tarasov.

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A Moscow Times reporter was named as a defendant Monday in a lawsuit filed by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov over an interview with billionaire Vladimir Potanin published in The Moscow Times.

Prokhorov filed the suit against Potanin, his former business partner, and United Press, the parent company of The Moscow Times, following claims made by Potanin in an interview published in the newspaper in June that Prokhorov had reneged on an agreement to sell his stake in Norilsk Nickel to Potanin and Metalloinvest chief Alisher Usmanov.

The Moscow Arbitration Court added Moscow Times reporter Nadia Popova, who wrote the article, to the list of defendants on Monday.

United Press lawyers were studying the court's decision.

The court also scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for Oct. 8 and rejected a motion filed by Potanin's lawyers to replace Judge Nikolai Tarasov, Interfax reported.

Potanin's lawyers had argued that the judge should be replaced because Prokhorov's lawyers had acted improperly in filing the case twice with the same court.

The opening of the first lawsuit, filed July 21, was postponed by Judge Yana Larina, who cited procedural violations and gave Prokhorov's lawyers until Aug. 22 to put their case in order. Instead, Prokhorov's legal team filed a second suit on July 28, which was assigned to Tarasov. A lawyer for Potanin has earlier claimed that the second suit was filed because Prokhorov's lawyers wanted a different judge to hear the case, Interfax reported. However, the court ruled on Monday that there were no grounds for replacing Tarasov.