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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Court Denies Partner Access to Radisson

A Minnesota court has ordered the Radisson Hotel Corporation to turn over the personal possessions of its estranged American partner at the Radisson Slavjanskaya Hotel, but said it does not have to let him into the building. Last weekend the joint venture's general director, Vladimir Draitser, barred Paul Tatum, the president of the Americom Business Centers, from entering the riverfront hotel. He charged that Tatum had "committed several illegal actions which have disrupted the ability of the joint venture to operate efficiently." Tatum, who disputes the accusations, then asked for legal relief from a court in Minneapolis where Radisson has its international headquarters. On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge James Rosenbaum denied Tatum's request to grant him continuous access to the hotel. The judge further suggested that the partnership should be dissolved. Tatum said he plans to file a 2 billion ruble (nearly $1 million) defamation of character lawsuit against Draitser in a Moscow district court on Tuesday. Draitser said Friday he was unaware of the upcoming suit. The public accusations surrounding one of the city's most prominent hotels is especially messy because it involves three partners in the joint venture. The Russian partner, a descendant of the Soviet tourism monopoly Intourist, has a 50 percent share, and the rest is shared by Americom and Radisson, the two American partners.