Anatoly Shariy, a propagandist and figurehead on the “Putin List,” lost his lawsuit against the Free Russia Forum in Vilnius District Court.
In his lawsuit, Shariy insisted that the Free Russia Forum had disseminated “untrue information about him, humiliating his honor and dignity” and used his photo without his consent.
This refers to Shariy’s profile on the website of the Free Russia Forum’s project “Putin’s List,” in which he was included by a general vote of FRF participants in 2017. The “Putin’s List” database is being created by the Free Russia Forum in order to find, consolidate and unify data on people responsible for creating and operating a system of usurpation of power and suppression of civil liberties in Russia, aggressive foreign policy that threatens international security, corruption and state propaganda.
Anatoly Shariy is a regular participant in propaganda talk shows on Russian TV channels. He maintains a video blog on YouTube, openly expressing the position of opponents of Ukrainian sovereignty, the compilers of the dossier on the website of the “Putin’s List” project pointed out.
All of Shariy’s claims were dismissed. He will be obliged to pay the defendant’s legal expenses.
This is not the first lawsuit by Shariy against the FRF. He lost his first one in August 2021, and in the middle of May 2021 he was deprived of his refugee status and declared persona non grata in Lithuania.