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The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office intends to seek for the indemnification of the damages in Berezovsky’s criminal cases

March 26, 2013, 10:04 UTC+3

Boris Berezovsky was a defendant in several criminal cases

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The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office and the Samara regional authorities do not intend to wrap up the activities to confiscate in other countries and bring back to Russia the assets and the monetary fund of Boris Berezovsky, who died in Britain last Saturday, representatives of the foresaid Russian legal and regional authorities stated on Monday. This is the indemnification of the multibillion damage, which the businessman inflicted to the Russian state and which was exposed in the criminal cases against him.

Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Zvyagintsev spelled out the position of the Prosecutor General’s Office on Monday over the death of Boris Berezovsky, who was a defendant in several criminal cases, different prohibitive injunctions were imposed on the court verdicts, the Kommersant daily reported. The Russian deputy general prosecutor said that the death of the defendant and the already convicted businessman in several criminal cases will not change the intentions of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office to arrest the assets and the monetary funds of the businessman, who was granted political asylum in Britain.

The newspaper recalled that in 2010 the Basmanny District Court of Moscow arrested the flat of Boris Berezovsky in New York. Meanwhile, the United States did not arrest it. The following arrest of two yachts belonging to Berezovsky in France (their cost is estimated at 14 million euros) and his villa was cancelled later. In April 2012 the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office noted that Boris Berezovsky’s property in Europe to the tune of 13 million euros was arrested, but it did not specify what assets in concrete are considered.

Along with the Russian top legal supervising agency, the Samara regional authorities claim for the assets and the monetary funds of the demised businessman. The Samara regional authorities confirmed that they do not intend to refuse from a lawsuit, which they filed in the London High Court. The lawsuit was filed in the criminal case over the misappropriation of over 2,000 cars in the deal involving LogoVAZ, AvtoVAZ and the regional authorities.

Boris Berezovsky’s death may relieve him from criminal responsibility under the criminal cases against him, but this fact will hardly save the late businessman from multimillion debts to Russia, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported. The newspaper reported that this concerns the future of Berezovsky’s property and accounts at a total cost of 320 million dollars and 40 million euros, which were arrested abroad, after the court verdicts entered into force.

The newspaper recalled that in 2007 the Savelovsky District Court of Moscow found Berezovsky guilty of fraud in the misappropriation case of over 214 million roubles from the Russian open joint stock company Aeroflot and sentenced him in absentia to six years in prison. The court also satisfied the Aeroflot lawsuit to levy the monetary funds stolen in the company from Berezovsky and three previously convicted defendants in this criminal case.

Now the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office managed to indemnify the damage to Aeroflot to the tune of 52.2 million dollars. These monetary funds were confiscated from Berezovsky’s bank accounts in Switzerland. The lawsuit to indemnify the damage worth of 100 million dollars was also filed for the interests of Aeroflot.


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