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Russia can’t terminate criminal case vs Berezovsky

December 02, 2013, 21:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"The problem is that we cannot terminate the criminal case as long as Berezovsky’s official death certificate had not been received yet," Markin said

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MOSCOW, December 02, 18:11 /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Investigative Committee cannot terminate the investigation of the criminal case against late businessman Boris Berezovsky, because Britain had not handed over the official death certificate of the late business tycoon to Russia yet, spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Monday.

“The problem is that we cannot terminate the criminal case as long as Berezovsky’s official death certificate had not been received yet,” he said.

“Back in June 2013 the Russian Investigative Committee has made a request in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to produce Berezovsky’s official death certificate and the information about the results of the investigation, which the British law enforcement agencies are conducting over this affair. The Investigative Committee has not received a reply to its request yet,” Markin added.

The business tycoon, who has been put on the wanted list in Russia since April 1999, was found dead at the age of 67 years in the bathroom of his countryside house in the town of Ascot not far from London on March 23, 2013. According to unofficial unconfirmed theory, the businessman could have committed suicide.

Meanwhile, the main investigation department of the Russian Investigative Committee is trying several criminal cases, in which Boris Berezovsky is a defendant. In particular, the court has pronounced the guilty verdict with a sentence of six years in prison in the embezzlement case of the monetary funds of more than 200 million roubles (about $6 million) from OJSC Aeroflot. Berezovsky was sentenced in absentia to 13 years in prison in Russia under the guilty verdict over the embezzlement property case of OJSC AvtoVAZ to the tune of more than 50 billion non-denominated roubles, which was combined with the criminal case over illegal confiscation of a land plot, which the unitary enterprise - recreation centre Zhukovka owned.

Meanwhile, he was charged with the misappropriation of the monetary funds from the bank SbS-AGRO to the tune of more than 13 million dollars. Several criminal cases were combined in one criminal case. Meanwhile, criminal cases were opened against Berezovsky in other countries, including France and Switzerland. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has been seeking for his extradition in Russia futilely. The City of London Magistrates’ Court has denied Berezovsky’s extradition several times on the basis of the fact that the self-exiled business tycoon was granted political asylum in 2003.

Meanwhile, Russian bailiffs have been searching for Berezovsky’s property in consolidating enforcement proceedings to levy three billion 275 million roubles (about $98.7 million) from Berezovsky and joint creditors. On November 14, the bailiffs received from the Russian Embassy in Britain the copy of a temporary document, which confirms Berezovsky’s death, and have made a request to the Moscow notary chamber to open an inheritance case against Berezovsky.

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