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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luzhkov Sues Gorbachev, Khasbulatov

After six court victories this year, Mayor Yury Luzhkov is back in business with two more libel trials scheduled to open by Friday - one against citizen Mikhail Gorbachev and the other against parliament speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov, according to the mayor's lawyer in the cases.

On Thursday, hearings are set to open in a case against former Soviet leader Gorbachev, said lawyer Ivan Zagradsky in an interview Wednesday.

Luzhkov is suing Gorbachev for public remarks he made which accused the city government of building personal dachas with public funds.

On Friday, a case against Khasbulatov is scheduled to open stemming from remarks the parliament speaker made accusing the city of collusion in the May 1 riots in which a policeman was killed.

The lawsuit against Khasbulatov is the result of a May 4 televised interview in which the parliament speaker said: "It was a provocation, prepared in advance and inspired by the city executive powers. Russian boys were beating their fathers under the orders of their municipal bosses".

Luzhkov is asking both defendants to make on-the-air apologies.

So far this year Luzhkov has won similar cases against the newspaper Pravda, businessman Konstantin Borovoi of the Economic Freedom Party and the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

On Aug. 5, Luzhkov won a lawsuit against Igor Malyarov, leader of Russian Komsomol, Ostankino broadcast company and the television studio VID, in which the mayor was awarded a total of about 1 million rubles.