Moscow court orders parliamentarian to pay Skolkovo $81,700
The Moscow Gagarinsky Court has ruled State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomaryov to pay 2.7 million rubles ($81,700) to the foundation Skolkovo.
Thus, the court has partially granted the lawsuit filed by Skolkovo against the parliamentarian, whom representatives of the plaintiff accused of failing to fulfill his duties to deliver lectures paid for by Skolkovo, an Interfax correspondent has reported.
The lawsuit was filed in mid April.
According to Skolkovo, Ponomaryov, with whom its Senior Vice-President Alexei Beltyukov signed contracts for ten lectures on behalf of the foundation, only delivered one good lecture. The foundation alleged that the parliamentarian did not deliver the other lectures in accordance with the contract (four lectures addressed the wrong issues and one lecture was limited to an introductory address).
Under the contract, the lectures were to be delivered in South Korea and the U.S., but there is no confirmation that they were delivered there.
A lawyer for Skolkovo earlier told the court the parliamentarian had overstated the number of visitors in his reports. The Skolkovo representative also said Ponomaryov even criticized the foundation in his lectures. "As an investor, I would not come to Skolkovo because there are incompetent people there," the lawyer quoted Ponomaryov as saying.
Ponomaryov denied the accusations, saying he had done his job well and in full.