Court made the newspaper “Stolichny novyny” to pay almost 3 million hryvnas to IASM


07 May 2003

The holding company “Stolichny novyny” must pay almost 3 million hryvnas of compensation for discrediting honor, dignity and business reputation to the Inter-regional Academy of Staff Management (IASM). This decision was issued on 5 May by the Pecherskiy district court of Kyiv. The defendants do not want to pay the compensation, so they handed the appeal against the court decision.

The pretensions against “Stolichny novyny” were brought by several plaintiffs. The claimants were: the IASM, the International Staff Academy, Georgiy Shchokin, the head of these academies, and Igor Slesarenko, the editor-in-chief of the magazine “Personnel”. They demanded to print in all newspapers of the holding company the refutations of all materials published before, which discredited their honor, dignity and business reputation.

Igor Slesarenko, the editor-in-chief of the magazine “Personnel”, told that the claimants were offended with “the series of articles that were published during the last year”, so they turned to court. “These were the invented accusations”, he said, “presented in the insulting and cynical form with bad intentions. The defendants clearly understood that their actions were illegal”.

Vadim Rabinovich, the President of the holding company “Stolichny novyny”, is sure that the court issued a biased verdict:

“During last year we turned to the Pecherskiy court for 72 times, and for 72 times we lost the cases. We write much about this court, and they dislike us. Yet, they are disgracing laws. We will see what will happen later. If Mr. Shchokin thinks that the court decision will rehabilitate him, he is wrong”.

The officers of the Pecherskiy court responded to all questions in the following way:

“Commenting the court decisions is not related to the competence of the court. Do you know the surname of the judge, who considered the case? Well, then turn to him in his reception hours – on Wednesday from 15:00 to 18:00 and on Friday from 8:00 to 13:00”.

The President of the holding company told in the interview to the Public radio that his lawyers had already handed the appeal against the decision of the Pecherskiy district court. V. Rabinovich is sure that the higher instances will cancel the decision. The administration of the IASM is also preparing to the new trial. They decided that, if they would obtain the compensation, they would pass the money to charity organizations that patronize orphans.

The Institute of mass information,

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