Russian-Azerbaijani businessman Ilgar Hajiyev continues to fight in court against the media that discredited his reputation. Recall that Hajiyev lost his development company, the SDI Group holding, as a result of a raider takeover and was harassed on the Internet by bloggers and online publications.
The first lawsuit, which the developer initiated on July 6 this year as part of his campaign, was a trial with journalist Oleg Lurie. Through the court, Hajiyev is seeking an apology and the removal from the Internet of all Lurie’s materials, in which he spoke about the businessman in slanderous terms.
Now Hajiyev intends to punish YouTube blogger Ruslan Ostashko, who has released two videos on his PoliteRussia channel that offend the developer. In the video materials released in April and May of this year, the blogger-political scientist accuses Ilgar Hajiyev of fraudulent actions, violations of Russian law and unethical behavior.
Hajiyev’s lawyers sent a letter to Ruslan Ostashko with the notification that a statement of claim was drawn up against him with accusations of violating several laws of the Russian Federation that relate to the protection of the honor and reputation of citizens. Also, lawyers require that the blogger removes his offensive videos from YouTube video hosting within 24 hours after receiving a notification. If this requirement is not met, the claim will go to court.
In the statement of claim, Hajiyev’s lawyer names the epithets used by Ostashko in his video defaming the business reputation and belittling the honor and dignity of the plaintiff. According to the businessman, the information that the blogger provided in his speeches on the Internet is not even close to the reality. He intends to force the political scientist through the court to refute what was said and apologize.
In the case against Lurie, Hajiyev demanded a symbolic fine of 5 rubles, but now the developer who suffered from media harassment intends to sue Ostashko, who insulted him, 100 thousand rubles for the moral damage that the plaintiff suffered because of the blogger’s statements.
Ilgar Hajiyev has already noted that the campaign smearing him on the Internet is unprecedented. The reason for this, according to the businessman, is that he is trying to tell the truth about dishonest ways to seize business in Russia and is making attempts to correct his reputation losses, which some media outlets regard as signs of weakness and guilt. However, Hajiyev does not intend to give up and warns everyone who insulted him online that he will seek justice in court. The entrepreneur is sure that any “black PR” will result in image losses for the media themselves.