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01/25/2000

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U.S. Court Finds Kommersant Guilty of Libel

A court in Arlington, Virginia, has awarded $3 million to controversial Russian banker Alexander Konanykhine in a libel case against the newspaper Kommersant, his lawyer said. It was the second time that Arlington County Circuit Court has handed Konanykhine a multimillion dollar verdict against a Russian newspaper. On Dec. 16, the court found that Izvestia had libeled Konanykhine by calling him a crook and a bigamist, and awarded him $33.5 million in damages. His Washington-based lawyer, J.P. Szymkowicz, said the court ruled against Kommersant last week but gave no specifics. ""Kommersant published defamatory articles about Mr. Konanykhine. Mr. Konanykhine suffered damages because of the publication of the articles,"" Szymkowicz said. ""This case is very similar to Izvestia."" Kommersant's lawyer, Robert Brooke of the Virginia-based Mays & Valentine law firm, said Monday he had no comment.

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