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Suing Russian Propaganda TV

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Raised by 31 people in 13 months
Created May 20, 2018
Alex and Marina speaking at the Atlantic Council in Washington on 9/12/2018.

Our case is moving along - we've just filed rebuttals to the defendants' motions to dismiss. Tons of gratitude to everyone who's helped.  Between this and our Russian page  we have raised nearly $25,000! 


As a token of gratitude, everyone who donates $100 or more gets a signed copy of our book.
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But the fight goes on and we still need your help.  The defendants, with their unlimited resources, hired top notch lawyers who bombard the court with motions aiming to prevail by attrition. Our only source is crowdfunding, the bulk of which comes from the Russian expat community. Please spread this story among your English speaking friends and ask them to invest a few dollars in this important project.

WO WE ARE

Marina is the widow, and Alex, a close friend, of the Russian dissident Alexander (Sasha) Litvinenko poisoned by Kremlin agents in 2006 with radioactive Polonium-210.

We ask for your support of a defamation suit against two Russian propaganda outlets, Channel One and RT, which have accused Alex of Sasha's murder in order to vindicate the real murderers.

BACKGROUND 

In the aftermath of the last year poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury  with the nerve agent "Novichok", the Russian state-controlled media broadcasted several programs about the Litvinenko case, pushing the notion that the Russian government had nothing to do with both poisonings. To deflect the blame from the true murderers they falsely accused Alex Goldfarb of poisoning Litvinenko "on behalf of the CIA", and then killing his own wife, Svetlana, because "she knew too much". They did it without offering a shred of evidence and notwithstanding the facts that (a) Svetlana died of cancer and (b) a judicial inquiry in London established beyond reasonable doubt that two Russian agents, Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, poisoned Sasha. 

THE LAWSUIT

On 9/6/2018 Alex filed a defamation lawsuit against two Russian networks  with the  US Federal Court in Manhattan (Alex is a US citizen). Marina, who is a citizen of Great Britain, cannot be a co-plaintiff for jurisdictional reasons. But she fully supports this lawsuit.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Because they should not be allowed to lie with impunity. Much has been said about Russian efforts to subvert Western democracies through propaganda and fake news. Little has been done to stop it. It is about time someone calls into account Kremlin's masters of disinformation who fabricate and spread lies while posing as journalists.

THE DOCKET

For the full text of the complaint please click here . The following links lead to the subsequent motions in the case:

motion to dismiss by Channel One Russia 
memorandum of law in opposition to Channel One 
memorandum by Alex Goldfarb in opposition to Channel One 
expert witness statement by Melissa Hopper 
expert witness statement by Yuri Shvets 
response by Channel One to plaintiff opposition 

motion to dismiss by RT-America 
memorandum of law in opposition to RT-America 
memorandum by Alex Goldfarb in opposition to RT-America 
response by RT-America to plaintiff opposition
RT's request to join Channel One's motion to dismiss 
  

DONATIONS

The money will be used exclusively for legal fees and out-of-pocket litigation expenses, but never for anyone's personal needs.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please make sure to use 'Hide my name'  function on the donation page. If you would rather use PayPal, please click here .

CONTACT

If you wish to contact us directly, please click the envelope icon next to our names. On this page we will post regular updates about further developments. And please share this page as wide as possible.

Thank you for your support. Without your help we would not be able to pursue this cause.

Marina and Alex


With our attorney Randy Sellier at the courthouse in Manhattan, after the filing of the complaint. 9/6/2018

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For the connoisseurs of legal texts, here is the latest exchange of motions with Channel One Russia

14/12/19 Chanel One's Motion to Dismiss: https://bit.ly/30BsW5S

5/13/19 Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss: https://bit.ly/2JwTAaN

5/13/19 Affidavit of Plaintiff in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss: https://bit.ly/2Mb97iy

5/13/19 Statement of Melissa Hopper: https://bit.ly/2QcqApg

5/13/19 Statement of Yuri Shvets: https://bit.ly/30ytR7d
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Please tune in to the podcast of our presentation at the Atlantic Council in Washington. Tuesday, 9/11/18, 3 p.m. http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/events/upcoming-events/detail/putins-propaganda-pushing-back-against-kremlinrun-television
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Dear all,
As of August 31, between this and other platforms - our Russian page , PayPal and direct donations - we raised almost $30,000.  This is enough for the time being; but probably we'll  need more when the hearings start. We are filing the complaint in New York on Sept 6. Watch the news! And thank you everyone! 
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