According to court documents, Mr. Doronin was born in what was then Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, and renounced his Soviet citizenship after leaving the Soviet Union in 1985. He is a Swedish citizen living in Switzerland and has never had Russian citizenship. say his lawyers.
In 1993, Mr. Doronin started a real estate development company in Russia that, according to court records, has built dozens of residential, retail and office buildings in Moscow. In the libel suit against The Aspen Times, Mr. Doronin’s lawyers said he made his money legitimately, free from bribery or corruption, and had no ties to President Vladimir V. Putin.
After the Russian invasion, Mr. Doronin released a statement on LinkedIn to “denounce Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and fervently wish peace”.
In an email, Mr. Doronin that Aspen’s “special energy” had prompted him to look for investment and development opportunities there after years of visiting skiing and attending summer cultural events. He said he planned to build a hotel on the property and travel to Aspen to meet with local officials and others.
He said he sued the newspaper in April “to address factual errors that had a negative impact”.