RBC to sue for defamation
Moscow, March 25, 2015 – The tenth issue of TsODy.RF magazine featured an interview with former managing partner of Hosting Community (now RU-CENTER Group, which is RBC holding’s domain registration and hosting division), Alexander Panov, entitled “What happened to the data center?”. In the interview, Alexander Panov discusses the reasons for why a data center (Byte-Telecom CJSC) that belonged to RU-CENTER Group was abandoned and accuses the incumbent RBC management of running business unprofessionally. RBC OJSC (Moscow Exchange: RBCM) states that the interview damages the reputation of RBC and its senior executives.
“RBC group of companies is preparing a claim against the founder and the editorial team of TsODy.RF magazine, as well as a complaint to the law enforcement agencies asking them to start an investigation into this defamatory article. If the demands set out in the claim are not fulfilled shortly, RBC will file a defamation lawsuit against the editorial team of TsODy.RF magazine and Alexander Panov,” RBC CEO Nikolay Molibog said.
“The interview exaggerates the importance of Byte-Telecom in RU-CENTER Group: this company provided services for a small portion of the group’s business. What we received after the resignation of Alexander Panov was far from a balanced failure-proof infrastructure for the entire RU-CENTER Group. Having analyzed professional data center services market and reviewed our own platform, we discovered that it did not meet the quality or economic standards in the sector. In these circumstances, a decision was made to abandon the unstable in-house platform in favor of professional service providers under more favorable financial terms,” RBC Deputy CEO for Technology Alexander Kononeko said.