Russian Oligarch Loses Defamation Suit Against AP

By John Kennedy (October 18, 2017, 8:45 PM EDT) -- A Russian oligarch whom the Associated Press linked to President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort lost his defamation suit against the news outlet on Tuesday, as a D.C. federal judge ruled the billionaire failed to show AP acted with "actual malice."

Described in a March AP article as an "aluminum magnate" and a "close Putin ally," Oleg V. Deripaska had sued the publication in May on allegations it directly and impliedly accused him of "involvement in criminal activities and other improprieties."

U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle permanently disposed of his claims Tuesday, finding that Deripaska is a public...

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