Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash has a complicated history with the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s most-read English language newspaper. The gas tycoon accused the newspaper of libel in London’s High Court, but a judge dismissed the case.
The British judge, John Leslie, concluded that his link to English jurisdiction was “tenuous in the extreme.” The Kyiv Post’s case was hailed as a victory for press freedom worldwide and a blow to so-called libel tourism.
“Mr. Firtash had no residence here, nor any active business pursuits. I have been given no evidence of visits to this country, the length of his stay if he does come here or where he stays. There is absolutely nothing to connect him with this country,” said Leslie.