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December 6, 2004

New Russia-USA Legal Confrontation: 3 Deaf Family Members and CISS/Deaflympics President are Sued

From: - Dec 6, 2004

Press Release

New Russia-USA Legal Confrontation: 3 Deaf Family Members and CISS/Deaflympics President are Sued

Moscow, Russia – The lawsuit papers are being handed out to the local Moscow residents-defendants Mr. Nikolay Klimov and Mr.Yakov Frenkel, while the other two defendants – Mr.Vyacheslav ( Slava ) Klimov and Ms. Donalda Ammons, both currently the USA residents and Gallaudet University employees – will be served with such papers any time soon.

Mr. Felix Shlimovich, a Russian citizen, and Mr. Rafael Pinkhasov Pinchas, an USA citizen, have jointly filed their property theft and defamation lawsuit against these four defendants before the Moscow Taganskii Court.

Both Mr. Shlimovich and Mr. Pinkhasov Pinchas, as plaintiffs, are represented by the well-known Russian attorney and former Duma Parliament Member, Mr. Igor Alexandrovich Bezrukov.

Both Mr. Slava Klimov and Mr. Frenkel are the son and son-in-law of Mr. Nikolay Klimov, respectively, while Ms. Ammons, a citizen of the USA, is the current CISS/Deaflympics Secretary General and Interim President.

In the lawsuit papers, Mr. Shlimovich and Mr. Pinkhasov Pinchas, among the other things, charge the four defendants with their co-conspirational roles in stealing Mr. Shlimovich's exclusive property – the original videotapes of the 37th CISS Congress proceedings and 2001 Deaflympic Summer Games activities. For further details of this charge, please click

According to the lawsuit papers, both Mr. Frenkel and Mr. Slava Klimov, upon receipt of the original videotapes from Mr. Nikolay Klimov, were engaged in alteration of the videotapes' contents by erasing many of its relevant episodes and adding a video shot featuring a naked female child in one of their revised videotapes, which later on was handed back to Mr. Shlimovich through a third party for the cash payment. Before altering the videotapes' originals, Ms. Ammons, at her own request, was presented with the videotapes' originals for her reviewing by Mr. Slava Klimov and Mr. Frenkel.

The lawsuit papers also charge Mr. Nikolay Klimov and Ms. Ammons in jointly and clandestinely preparing and releasing a highly-defamatory material about Mr. Pinkhasov Pinchas – a Letter-Appeal headlined RUSSIAN COMMITTEE OF DEAF SPORT FULLY SUPPORTS CISS BOARD IN PINCHAS CASE, which was published in the June, 2002 worldwide CISS/Deaflympics e-News Magazine website. Mr. Nikolay Klimov signed such a Letter-Appeal, while Ms. Ammons was ( and still is ) in charge of editing this CISS/Deaflympics e-News Magazine.

The lawsuit papers also charge the fact that during the 37th CISS Congress in Italy, Mr. Nikolay Klimov was a delegate for the nation of Armenia, therefore, he had no legal or moral right to produce, sign and release the Letter-Appeal on behalf of the nation of Russia.

Mr. Nikolay Klimov, the still-embattled President of the Russian Deaflympic Committee ( also known as the Russian Committee of Deaf Sport or RCDS ), was recently convicted by a Moscow Court for his signature forgery felony charge related to the large building property transfer, while Mr. Frenkel was in disgrace removed by the Russian Deaflympic Committee Board as its Vice President some two months ago.

Another court case involving the three litigants – Mr. Shlimovich as a plaintiff and Mr. Slava Klimov and Ms. Ammons as defendants – is still pending before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., USA.

In addition, Ms. Ammons, in spite of her ongoing status as an alleged property thief and multiple lawsuit defendant, is currently running for the position of the CISS/Deaflympics President. The elections will take place during this coming January 4, 2005 39th CISS Congress session in Melbourne, Australia.