On-air summons: Russian radio jockey gets court order during live broadcast
The writ was brought Wednesday morning by a police officer to Russian News Service radio, where Dorenko works as editor-in-chief and host.
Dorenko was in the studio at the time, and the law enforcer did not wait for the program to end: He entered the room, introduced himself, handed over the summons and asked the host to sign the receipt.
Dorenko adopted quite a sarcastic tone as he did the paperwork.
“The lawsuit of Yakunin Vladimir Ivanovich over defense of
honor and dignity,” he read from the document. “What ever
happened to Vladimir Ivanovich’s honor and dignity? Did it rot or
A Moscow district court has registered a slander lawsuit against Dorenko filed by Vladimir Yakunin, the head of a Russian state-owned railways company, over a broadcast Dorenko made in November last year. In it, the host accused the senior company officer of incompetence and corruption.
Dorenko, a veteran media personality and political commentator, is infamous for making controversial statements on radio and television. Critics have branded him a ‘tele-killer’ for his skill at damaging the reputations of public figures.