Medvedchuk lost appeal on book about Stus
The Kyiv Court of Appeals overturned the decision of the Darnytsia District Court of Kyiv to ban the distribution of the book by journalist Vakhtang Kipiani, “The Case of Vasyl Stus”. The judge issued such a decision on March 19, as Ukrinform reported.
"The Kyiv Court of Appeal is revoking the decision of the Darnytsia District Court of Kyiv of October 19, 2020 to ban the publication and distribution of Vakhtang Kipiani's book" The Case of Vasyl Stus, "as the judge of the Kyiv Court of Appeal announced.
The judge noted that the decision of the Kyiv Court of Appeal could be appealed to the Supreme Court of Ukraine within 30 days after the announcement.
As IMI reported, on October 19, the Darnytsya District Court ordered Vakhtang Kipiani, author of the book “The Case of Vasyl Stus”, and Vivat Publishing House to take down any saying about Viktor Medvedchuk, MP from the Opposition Platform for Life, and banned the distribution of printed copies until redressment of violations of Medvedchuk's non-property rights.
The court held “to compel Kipiani and Vivat publishing house to take down any saying about the person of Medvedchuk out of the book sections “ Criminal case №5. The Book of Life and Death of Vasyl Stus ”and “Did Medvedchuk Killed the Poet Vasyl Stus, Didn’t He?” The court prohibits Mr Kipiani and Vivat publishing house from distributing the printed copies of the book "The Case of Vasyl Stus" and from further printing until redressment of violation of the personal non-property right Medvedchuk," the judge announced.
Besides that, the court banned Kipiani and Vivat from using and disseminating any information from two above-mentioned sections and which "makes it possible to identify Viktor Medvedchuk as a person, actor without his consent"in mass media.
The court has partly upheld Medvedchuk's lawsuit against Kipiani and Vivat publishing.
The decision will take legal effect after the deadline for filing an appeal. Within 30 days, the decision can be appealed to the Kyiv Court of Appeal.
On October 19, the judge announced the operative part of the decision. The full text will be announced within 10 days.
Vakhtang Kipiani said he would appeal against the decision of the Darnytsia District Court of Kyiv to ban the distribution of his book “The Case of Vasyl Stus”.
On October 19, Vivat publishing house decided to appeal against that decision of the Darnytsia District Court of Kyiv.
Vakhtang Kipiani's book "The Case of Vasyl Stus" was published in May 2019.
As IMI reported, in the summer of 2019, Viktor Medvedchuk, an MP from the “Opposition Platform - For Life”, filed a lawsuit against journalist and historian Vakhtang Kipiani in the Darnytsia District Court of Kyiv, demanding to ban the distribution of his book “The Case of Vasyl Stus”.
"The Case of Vasyl Stus" was published in 2019. The book contains several documents from the archives of the former KGB of the USSR about the resonant case of the poet, from eyewitness testimonies, letters from the writer from prison, memoirs of his family and friends.
Medvedchuk was Stus's lawyer when he was arrested for the second time in 1980.
On October 2, 2019, the Darnytskyi District Court of Kyiv began consideration of the case on Medvedchuk's claim.