15 Nov 2019 15:08

Moscow court declines to hear 3 taxi company lawsuits against Navalny, other opposition politicians over summer protests

MOSCOW. Nov 15 (Interfax) - The Moscow Tushinsky District Court has declined to consider three lawsuits filed by M.Taxi Communications against opposition politicians in connection with the summer protests in the capital due to the plaintiff's absence.

"The court declined to hear two claims of M.Taxi Communications after the plaintiff failed to appear for a second time," a court representative told Interfax on Friday.

Opposition politicians Alexei Navalny, Lyubov Sobol, Ilya Yashin, Ivan Zhdanov, Vladimir Milov, Alexander Solovyov, Oleg Stepanov, and Georgy Alburov were designated as respondents in the two proceedings.

A similar lawsuit filed by M.Taxi Communications against Boris Zolotorevsky was dismissed by the court for the same reason earlier.

The law allows the plaintiff to appeal for resuming the proceedings on condition that it proves a valid reason for non-appearance.

The plaintiff demanded reimbursement for losses of almost 800,000 rubles incurred from the unauthorized protests in the center of Moscow on July 27 and August 3 and 10.

According to SPARK-Interfax, M.Taxi Communications is registered in Moscow and its core activity is "passenger taxi service and chauffeur-driven vehicle rentals."