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Reiman Goes to Court Against Kompromat.ru

Published: September 2, 2005 (Issue # 1101)


MOSCOW Prosecutors in St. Petersburg have opened a criminal case alleging that the muckraking Kompromat.ru web site published an article that slandered IT and Communications Minister Leonid Reiman.

The article claimed that Reiman took a $1 million fee in 1992 when he was the deputy director of a major St. Petersburg telecoms company for greasing the wheels to help British businessman Anthony Georgiou establish a mobile phone company.

A spokesman for Reimans ministry denied the allegations, adding the investigation into the site began at the ministrys request.

The prosecutor replied to us saying they found that the article contained information that was false, said spokesman Alexander Parshukov.

The kompromat.ru article, published in early July, retold some of the allegations already made in a Carribbean court by Georgiou, who said he was a former business partner of Reimans.

Georgiou claimed in a court affidavit lodged in a British Virgin Islands court last year that Reiman abused his public position to gain interests in the mobile phone industry.

Georgious testimony was given as part of a sprawling legal battle being fought in courts in Switzerland and the British Virgin Islands between Alfa Group and IPOC, a Bermuda-based fund, which Jeffrey Galmond, a Reiman business associate, says he owns.

The two sides are fighting over the rights to a 25.1 percent stake in MegaFon, the countrys No. 3 mobile phone provider, which is partly owned by IPOC. The Bermuda fund holds a 31 percent stake in MegaFon via Telekominvest, the holding company that Reiman helped found.

The court battle has ensnared Reiman in a mass of allegations he abused his position to build up holdings in the telecoms industry, charges he denies.

Reimans ministry has claimed that Mikhail Fridmans Alfa has launched a PR war of false accusations against Reiman in order to win the MegaFon case. The ministry has said it is considering suing several publications that have reported on the trials.

In the July article, Kompromat.ru also published a letter from Georgiou to Reiman that was presented to the British Virgin Islands court as part of Georgious affidavit. The letter, signed by both Georgiou and Reiman, confirmed payment of the $1.04 million fee into Reimans account at Credit Suisse First Boston.

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