Steven Seagal may star in TV show on getting free land in Russia's Far EastSociety & Culture May 23, 12:00
SPIEF 2017 participants can look forward to rich cultural and sports programmePress Releases May 23, 11:43
Flags over British embassy in Moscow fly at half-mast for Manchester blast victimsWorld May 23, 11:39
Putin offers condolences to UK over terror attack in ManchesterRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 23, 10:10
Islamic State claims responsibility for Manchester terror attackWorld May 23, 9:30
Police say death toll in Manchester Arena explosion reaches 22World May 23, 9:18
Hollywood actor Steven Seagal to get free land in Russia's Far EastSociety & Culture May 23, 9:06
Ariana Grande tweets she is 'broken' over blast following her concert at Manchester ArenaWorld May 23, 8:03
British PM to chair meeting of emergency response committee after Manchester blastWorld May 23, 7:53
MOSCOW, September 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian business ombudsman Boris Titov suggested on Wednesday that investigators should replace the arrest of billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov accused of money laundering with other legal measures not related to the limitation of freedom.
Yevtushenkov, chairman and majority owner of the Russian diversified holding company Sistema, was placed on Tuesday under house arrest on suspicion of involvement in a money-laundering scheme with the assets of oil companies in Bashkortostan, which are now part of Bashneft oil producer controlled by the tycoon.
“As for the measure of restraint, it has been chosen in compliance with the law, which is a positive moment,” the Russian president’s business ombudsman said.
“But I would like to stress that this case involves a person who is respected in society and the business community and who is working and building business in Russia. This is a stable and socially important business, which employs hundreds of people,” the business ombudsman said in an interview with ITAR-TASS. The ombudsman said Russian investigators should take this aspect into account and at least consider the issue of choosing a measure of restraint for Yevtushenkov not related to his arrest and the limitation of freedom.
Yevtushenkov, ranked by Forbes among Russia’s 20 richest people with an estimated fortune of $9 billion, was placed under house arrest until mid-November. If convicted, he may be sentenced to seven years in prison.