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Moscow asks UK for ex-Bank of Moscow president’s extradition-2

March 16, 2012, 18:47 UTC+3
“The Moscow Tverskoy District Court authorized the arrest of Borodin and Akulinin in May 2011,” Gridneva said
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MOSCOW, March 16 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has requested the United Kingdom for extradition of ex-Bank of Moscow President Andrei Borodin, Office spokesperson Marina Gridneva told Itar-Tass on Friday.

“Andrei Borodin put on the international wanted list in November 2011 is staying in the UK. Therefore the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has requested the UK for his extradition,” she said.

Gridneva said that Borodin was suspected of fraudulent operations with the Bank of Moscow loan to the Premier Estate Company. The Russian Interior Ministry’s Investigation Department is investigating the case.

Borodin and ex-Bank of Moscow Vice-President Dmitry Akulinin are charged with embezzlement of 12.5 billion rubles in bank money. Detectives say the suspects assisted by Kuznetsky Most Development General Director Svetlana Timonina plotted a fraudulent loan of approximately 13 billion rubles to enlarge floating capital of Premier Estate. The loan was later transferred to the accounts of the Inteco Company of Yelena Baturina.

Baturina’s husband, ex-Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has been questioned about the case several times. The Investigation Committee also wishes to question Baturina. The latter said she was prepared to come to Russia abnd testify.

The Russian Prosecutor’s Office agreed to the international search for Borodin and Akulinin in November 2011. They were declared suspects in September 2011.

“The Moscow Tverskoy District Court authorized the arrest of Borodin and Akulinin in May 2011,” Gridneva said.

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