Court satisfied the claim of Alexander Kofkin for refutation of incorrect data
The Estonian Supreme Court has refused to proceed the cassation of Kadri Paas, Katariina Krjutškova and Vaba Kiri OÜ, meaning that the court rulings of the Harju County Court and the Tallinn Circuit Court entered into force satisfying the claim of entrepreneur Alexander Kofkin for refutation of incorrect data in the book entitled “Andrus Ansip – halva iseloomuga tark poiss”. According to the court decision, the authors of the book are obliged within 10 days as from the enforcement of the decision to publish a specific notice in newspapers Postimees, Päevaleht, Eesti Ekspress, Õhtuleht and Internet portal Delfi as well as on the Facebook page of the book „Andrus Ansip – halva iseloomuga tark poiss“ and confirm that they have published incorrect data (alleged facts) about the connections of Alexander Kofkin and his enterprise Estkompexim with KGB. The authors of the book are also obliged to eliminate from publicly accessible and electronically distributed e-books the sentences that include claims about the successful activities of A. Kofkin and Estkompexim in the 1980s as a KGB shadow company. The allegations that A. Kofkin had been sent by the KGB to study at the law faculty of the University of Tartu are also incorrect.
The court decisions that entered into force recognised the information published on A. Kofkin as incorrect and found that inappropriate value judgments had been published in the book. The defendants are subject to pay compensation to A. Kofkin in amount of 5,000 euro for non-proprietary damage and cover the procedural costs of the claimant. A. Kofkin was represented in the proceeding by attorneys-at-law Aivar Pilv, Pirkka-Marja Põldvere and Marko Pilv.
More information about the court decision can be found here.