Decision on the claim against the newspaper “Kievskie vedomosti”, Oles Buzina and Marina Turovskaya “on the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation of T. Shevchenko” came into force after the consideration in the Kyiv appeal court
The Ukrainian Themis resolved:
“The statement of the claimants that they are the heirs of the creations by T. Shevchenko is groundless. The court came to the conclusion that, according to the UWU statute, the representatives of the Union of Writers of Ukraine had no right to bring the suit on the protection of honor and dignity of T. Shevchenko. The plaintiffs also demand to collect the compensation for the moral damage from the defendants. The claim may not be satisfied in that part too, since, according to Article 440-1 of the Civil Code of Ukraine, the inflicted damage is recompensed to the person, whose rights were abused by the illegal actions of other persons. It is seen from the claim of the UWU, that the rights of the plaintiffs were not violated. On the basis of the above-stated arguments, the court reckons that the UWU may not be a plaintiff in this case, so the claim must be rejected”.
(«Kievskie vedomosti», 28 June 2003)