The Russian satirist, publicist, poet, playwright, journalist, human rights activist Viktor Shenderovich, entered by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in the register of “foreign agents”, wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday, January 11, that he intends to leave Russia.
Shenderovich called the reason for his departure a lawsuit filed against him by businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin because of what the writer said about him in the “Minority Opinion” program on the Ekho Moskvy radio station. According to the statement of claim, Shenderovich called Prigozhin a “criminal” and a “murderer.”
The writer “decided to wait outside.”
“I have always appeared on summons for interrogations and trials. Partly out of curiosity, partly out of trust in fate and the belief acquired in childhood – in the triumph of, if not good, then common sense … But from personal participation in a criminal case that shines on me according to the application.” Kremlin chef “Prigogine, I will probably refrain, and just out of common sense,” wrote Shenderovich.
According to him, realizing that the journalists could not be stopped by fines, Prigozhin switched to “blackmail with criminal articles.” “There is no dispute here that requires a new court, just as there is (for a long time) no court.” “, – said the human rights activist.
As Shenderovich wrote, he “made a decision to wait outside” while “this Prigozhin is here the elite” – and added that a forced departure from his homeland is also a prison term. Where exactly he intends to leave, the writer did not specify.
Shenderovich faces up to five years in prison
The Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg on December 24 ordered Viktor Shenderovich to pay 100 thousand rubles in favor of businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin for his statements on the air of the Echo Moskvy radio station. The radio station itself was fined 1 million rubles. The court found the information about an entrepreneur close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which Shenderovich cited in the “Minority Opinion” program, unreliable and ordered the defendants to refute them. Alexey Venediktov announced his intention to appeal the verdict.
After that, Prigozhin turned to the police with a statement to initiate a libel case against Shenderovich. Under this article, the writer faces up to five years in prison.