Roman Abramovich sues journalist, publishing home for linking acquisition of Chelsea to Vladimir Putin

Roman Abramovich sues journalist, publishing home for linking acquisition of Chelsea to Vladimir Putin

Abramovich stated he was suing HarperCollins and journalist Catherine Belton over her 2020 e-book ‘Putin’s Individuals’, which alleges that President Vladimir Putin has overseen an enormous exodus of ill-gotten cash to unfold Russian affect overseas.

Roman Abramovich sues journalist, publishing house for linking acquisition of Chelsea to Vladimir Putin

File picture of Roman Abramovich. Reuters

London: UK writer HarperCollins vowed on Tuesday to “robustly defend” a defamation lawsuit filed by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich over a e-book that claims he took over Chelsea Soccer Membership on the Kremlin’s behest.

Abramovich stated he was suing HarperCollins and journalist Catherine Belton over her 2020 e-book “Putin’s Individuals”, which alleges that President Vladimir Putin has overseen an enormous exodus of ill-gotten cash to unfold Russian affect overseas.

Putin personally instructed Abramovich to purchase Chelsea in 2003 as a part of the affect operation, in accordance with the e-book.

Underneath Abramovich’s free-spending chairmanship, the membership has been remodeled from one in every of England’s also-rans into an enormous of European soccer.

“The e-book comprises plenty of false and defamatory statements about me, together with about my buy, and the actions, of Chelsea Soccer Membership,” Abramovich stated in an announcement late Monday.

His legal professionals Harbottle and Lewis stated the e-book “falsely alleges that our shopper has acted corruptly”.

In response, the writer stated each it and Belton would “robustly defend the declare and the suitable to report on issues of appreciable public curiosity”.

HarperCollins stated the e-book was “an authoritative, necessary and carefully sourced work on modern Russia, that was a lot praised on publication by consultants within the discipline”.

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