Georgia to sue Forbes magazine in Russia

Georgia said on Friday it will take the Russian edition of Forbes magazine to the European Court of Human Rights for publishing details of properties for sale in its rebel Abkhazia region.

Georgia to sue Forbes magazine in Russia

Georgia said on Friday it will take the Russian edition of Forbes magazine to the European Court of Human Rights for publishing details of properties for sale in its rebel Abkhazia region.

A strip of land on the Black Sea coast, Abkhazia broke away from Tbilisi's control in a 1990s war. Georgia has vowed to restore its rule there and accuses its neighbor Russia of flouting Georgian sovereignty by propping up the separatists.

Russian investors are buying land and property in Abkhazia. Tbilisi says the deals are illegal and that in many cases the rightful owners of the properties are Georgians forced to flee during the war.

Lasha Bregvadze, chief civil servant in Georgia's Population and Refugees Ministry, said the ministry would be filing its suit against the Russian edition of the business magazine.

"The sale of property which belongs to refugees is illegal. It is strange that such an authoritative magazine as Forbes does not know this," said Bregvadze. "We will prepare a suit within a week."

The Russian edition of Forbes is published by German media company Axel Springer.

The magazine's editor told Reuters it had printed an article about the property market but that there were no advertisements for particular properties.

"It is up to a court to decide in each particular case if a (property) deal is legal or not," said editor Maxim Kashulinsky. "In our view it is not fair to say that any deal on the purchase of property is illegal."

Reuters

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