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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

IPC Chief Sues Former Employer

Harry Bodaan, the president of the new International Press Center & Club of Moscow, has filed a $70-million law suit against his former employer, the National Press Club in Washington.


Bodaan said his attorneys filed the suit last month seeking $10 million for each of seven counts alleging breach of contract and defamation of character.


He said the dispute stems from his work to help establish the Moscow press club last spring along the lines of the Washington club.


"It was not my intention to move here until my contract finished there" at the end of next year, said Bodaan, who had managed the club since 1982.


The National Press Club has filed a motion to dismiss Bodaan's suit, said Kathryn Kahler, chairwoman of the club's board of directors, in a telephone interview.


Kahler said the club put Bodaan on personal leave without salary last June at his attorney's request because of his involvement in the Moscow project.


"The board lost confidence in him", "she said. "We have tried from June to November to resolve the issue. We are very confident in defending this action brought by Mr. Bodaan, and we look forward to the truth being brought out in court". She added that the U. S. club has hired a new manager.


The Moscow center has about 200 members and hopes to attract a minimum of 500 journalists, diplomats and officials. A $500, 000 construction program is underway in the Radisson Slavjanskaya Hotel for club facilities.


The center's Advisory Council includes several top Russian officials, press attaches of several embassies, the president of the Foreign Correspondent's Association and Moscow bureau chiefs of several Western news organizations.


Charles X. Block, owner of the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D. C. , has invested $400, 000 in the project and is its primary financial backer, Bodaan said.