Putin discusses Russia’s economy growth with ministersBusiness & Economy September 24, 2:38
Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
"He's been released. I have no details. I just know this as we talked on the phone," Shamolin told reporters.
Earlier, a source said Yevtushenkov was released at about 16:45 Moscow Time (12:45 UTC). “He contacted us,” he said.
The measure of restraint for Yevtushenkov was changed to a written pledge not to leave town.
Late on Wednesday, Moscow’s Basmannyi court upheld the arrest of Bashneft’s shares owned by the AFK Sistema services conglomerate.
The court’s spokeswoman Anna Fadeyeva said the court had turned down the appeal of lawyer Vladimir Kozin who is representing the interests of AFK Sistema’s head Vladimir Yevtushenkov.
Fadeyeva explained the court had not discussed whether the arrest of Bashneft’s shares was legal. It discussed the legality of investigator’s actions and concluded there was nothing wrong in them.
Yevtushenkov, ranked by Forbes among Russia’s 20 richest people with an estimated fortune of $9 billion, will stay under house arrest until mid-November in his house in the elite settlement of Zhukovka outside Moscow.
Russian investigators accuse Yevtushenkov of involvement in a money-laundering scheme, in which Sistema acquired Bashkortostan’s oil firms that had been earlier privatized by Ural Rakhimov, a son of the republic’s former head, Murtaza Rakhimov.
The stocks of firms owned by Yevtushenkov plummeted on Wednesday on news of his arrest, with public companies integrated into Sistema losing over $5.5 billion in their market value.
If he were convicted, the Sistema chairman could be sentenced to seven years in prison. He has rejected all the accusations and insisted on his innocence.