Kremlin-linked billionaire utilizes new ‘right to be forgotten,’ tries to get critical news articles removed from Yandex
The billionaire Evgeny Prigozhin is demanding that Yandex delete from its search results an article about the Internet Research Agency, better known as Russia's “troll factory.” Several news outlets, including the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, have published articles claiming that Prigozhin is the brains and money behind the troll factory.
The billionaire has also demanded that Yandex delete links to an article titled “Prigozhin's Empire Has Captured Military Towns,” published on Fontanka.ru. The article describes how companies tied to Prigozhin have received state contracts worth roughly 26 billion rubles ($387 million). The companies were hired to provide services to the Ministry of Defense, but—according to Fontanka.ru—they were registered only recently before winning the contracts, and they don't have all the necessary licenses to perform the work.
According to the St.-Petersburg-based publication Moi Raion, Prigozhin is also demanding that Yandex delete search results linking to another article titled “Putin's Thieving Chef,” published in the Ukrainian media outlet Apostrof.
Prigozhin's attorney reportedly listed all these articles during a hearing at a St. Petersburg court. The billionaire is appealing for the deletion of 15 different texts in accordance with Russia's recently enacted “right to be forgotten.”