The British publishing house HarperCollins, which published the book Putin’s people by journalist Catherine Belton last spring, apologized to Russian businessmen Mikhail Fridman and Pyotr Aven for not asking for their comment before the publication of the work, in order to avoid some of those contained in no inaccuracies. The corresponding statement was published by the publishing house on Tuesday on its website as part of the judicial conciliation of the parties.
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“Since the release of the first edition of Catherine Belton’s The People of Putin, Petr Aven and Mikhail Fridman have contacted HarperCollins to claim that the book contains inaccurate biographical information about them. HarperCollins has corrected a number of statements in the book to present their position as accurately as possible, ”the publisher said in a statement.
In particular, HarperCollins and the author of the book expressed regret that they did not seek their comment on allegations of Aven and Friedman’s alleged KGB connections early in their careers in the late 1980s. HarperCollins was happy to amend the text to remove references to Aven, Friedman and the KGB (HarperCollins admits that there was no strong evidence for such allegations) and apologize for not discussing this topic with them prior to publication, ”the press said. release of the publisher.
On July 28, lawyer Hugh Tomlinson, representing the interests of Russian entrepreneurs, said during a speech in the High Court of London that, as a reconciliation of the parties, HarperCollins agreed to remove from future editions of the book all fragments due to which Alfa Group co-owner Friedman and chairman of the board of directors “Alfa Bank” Aven filed a lawsuit against the publishing house, and also bring them a public apology.
Lawsuits against HarperCollins and the book’s author, former Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times, Belton, were also filed by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich and Rosneft. London High Court Judge Amanda Teeples, following a two-day hearing last week, indicated that the lawsuits would be ruled in October. The publisher’s lawyers confirmed to TASS that the verdict will be announced at once on both the claims under consideration – both from Abramovich and Rosneft. Earlier, lawyers for the owner of Chelsea football club in London and the oil company stressed that the filing of claims was not coordinated between them.
Russian news agency TASS