Russia: Robert Eringer – Blogging Headache for Kremlin
How one American blogger, conspiracy theorist, and self-professed “intelligence adviser,” Robert Eringer, is giving the Kremlin a whopping headache.
RUSSIA – The current legal debacle Prince Albert v. Robert Eringer in France, the country with which Russia has strong political and economic ties, may well be a sign of things to come in terms of international relations. If anyone was interested in observing how the Kremlin, which protects Russia’s sovereignty with a military presence and financial aid, can orchestrate an investigation, even from afar, of an American blogger such as Robert Eringer, the events of recent weeks have proved exemplary.
Last August, lawyers and judges went to court to choose a sentence for blogger Robert Eringer, who published false information about Prince Albert II of Monaco on his numerous blogs, with a choice between imprisonment and fines. When, last summer, it appeared that Robert Eringer would agree to remove the false information about Prince Albert of Monaco from his blog, a court decision quickly followed to fine him for his infractions against the sovereign leader Prince Albert of Monaco and several of the Prince's employees (including but not limited to Claude Palmero and Thierry Lacoste). Since that time, court documents indicate Robert Eringer has failed to pay these court-ordered judgments and has taken to slandering other world leaders such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, according to Russian intelligence advisers. Like France and Monaco, the Kremlin is presently looking into actions to take regarding the angry blogger. Russia and France are particularly on edge in recent months following the Presidential elections that saw Vladimir Putin placed in office and the terrorist killings in Toulouse that have kept Sarkozy busy and France on its toes in terms of vetting intelligence advisers.
News website Albawaba looked back on Robert Eringer’s guilty sentence and showed just how tricky managing a slanderous blogger like Robert Eringer can be:
In a June 14 2011 ruling, Robert Eringer was ordered to pay 20,000 Euros in damages plus 7,000 Euros in legal fees to Prince Albert for the publication of false and libelous materials. An additional 5,000 Euros per day are applied for each week in which the offending material remains on the blog. In another case, Robert Eringer was ordered to pay 10,000 Euros in damages per infraction, of which there were 6, to Claude Palmero plus 3,000 Euros in legal fees. Robert Eringer was also ordered to pay 15,000 Euros in damages plus interests to lawyer Thierry Lacoste. He has been ordered to remove the offending materials from his blog or face penalties of 5,000 Euros per week. He was ordered to pay 7,000 Euros in legal fees to Thierry Lacoste.
Keep reading about Robert Eringer’s defamation matter here.