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Sunday Times awards libel damages to Russian businesswoman

Sunday Times awards libel damages to Russian businesswoman

Compensation is to be awarded to a Russian businesswoman on the grounds of libel following the publication of an article in a leading media outlet in the UK.

The High Court in London has ruled that Elena Baturina should be granted damages from the Sunday Times after it ran a piece suggesting she had behaved dishonestly when declaring her assets in north London.

It was reported by the newspaper in September 2009 that Ms Baturina has bought a mansion in the Highgate region of the capital for a sum of £50 million through the use of a "front" of an offshore company and was in fact planning a huge reconstruction scheme in the area.

This, the entrepreneur claimed, could potentially damage her name and reputation in the business world of her homeland.

The Sunday Times - which is owned by News International - subsequently admitted there had been no truth in its story, meaning Ms Baturina was eligible for compensation and an apology.

Contact our media, libel and privacy solicitors on 0800 916 9081 or email if you would like advice on any media, libel and privacy matter

Posted by Trusha Vyas 

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