Prigozhin wins libel case against journalist who described him as Wagner Group ‘owner’
A Moscow court has dismissed the journalist Alexey Venediktov’s appeal in the libel lawsuit filed by Evgeny Prigozhin after Venediktov described him as the “owner” of a private military company.
Venediktov writes, on Telegram, that the court did not explain why it dismissed the appeal, given that Prigozhin himself has already admitted Wagner Group ownership, publicly conceding “victory” in the case to Venediktov.
Prigozhin sued Venediktov for libel in June 2021. In August 2022, a district court deemed Venediktov’s assertion about Prigozhin’s ownership of the military company inaccurate.
In response to the court’s dismissal of Venediktov’s appeal, Prigozhin connected the decision to the supposed “consolidation” of public opinion against liberal media that criticize the regime:
Alexey Venediktov is the former editor-in-chief of Echo of Moscow, a media company shut down by the Russian authorities shortly after the start of the Ukraine invasion.