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RF Prosecutor General’s Office proposes to terminate the case against Nginx

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RF Prosecutor General's Office proposes to terminate the case against Nginx
Igor Sysoev, author of the Nginx web server
Russian General Prosecutor’s Office found grounds to terminate criminal case on violation of Rambler Group copyrights on Nginx developments.Vedomosti newspaper published the contents of the response from Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin to a request from Andrei Svintsov, deputy head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications.
The Prosecutor General’s Office confirmed the facts of violations of the law during the pre-trial proceedings.In this regard, the agency instructed the Moscow prosecutor to take measures to eliminate them and raise with the investigators the question of terminating the case
The conflict between Lynwood Investments (Rambler Group) and Nginx began on December 12, 2019, when Nginx’s office was searched
The search warrant (pictured) states that it is being conducted as part of a criminal case initiated on December 4, 2019, under Article 146 of the Criminal Code "Violation of copyright and related rights."
RF Prosecutor General's Office proposes to terminate the case against Nginx
The essence of the claim is that Igor Sysoev started working on Nginx as an employee of Rambler, and only after the tool became popular did he set up a separate company and attracted investment.
Formally, the prosecutor in the case was Lynwood Investments CY Ltd, to which Rambler transferred the rights to conduct the case. Lynwood Investments is related to Rambler Group co-owner Alexander Mamut.
Former Rambler managers and many Russian companies came out in support of Igor Sysoyev. An online flashmob in support of him.
After a wave of negative PR, Rambler asked investigators to drop the criminal rights case against Nginx. The holding company also terminated its contract with Lynwood – now it cannot conduct business on behalf of Rambler. But the criminal case has not been closed. There is hope that it will happen now.
One of the lawyers of the Nginx founders, senior partner of the ZKS law firm Andrei Grivtsov, hopes that in view of the request of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Rambler’s petition, and the fact that the defense position was confirmed in the course of the investigation, the case may be dropped.
While the investigation continues.
Investigators can appeal the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office or execute it formally, which will not lead to the termination of the case. By law, the prosecutor only has the right to make a demand to eliminate violations of the law. But these are not binding instructions. The prosecutor’s office could have cancelled the ruling on the initiation of the case within a day after receiving the materials, but it didn’t use this power.

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