Agreement on bases in Syria to serve strengthening of stability in Middle East — MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 21:18
Trump's inaugural address: When America is united, America is totally unstoppableWorld January 20, 20:57
Hermitage chief: New Palmyra destruction comes across as militants' vengeanceRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 20:29
Russia's first deputy PM wants to keep current tax system for next political cycleBusiness & Economy January 20, 19:53
Russia’s Shipulin clinches gold in 20km individual race of IBU World Cup stage in ItalySport January 20, 19:18
Prominent Russian adventurer Konyukhov to take samples from Mariana Trench floorSociety & Culture January 20, 19:15
Gazprom CEO says North Stream-2 pipeline proves relevanceBusiness & Economy January 20, 19:10
More survivors found in avalanche-hit Italian hotel — mediaWorld January 20, 18:48
Donald Trump takes office as 45th US PresidentWorld January 20, 18:21
NEW DELHI, June 5 (Itar-Tass) - The Indian authorities have opened criminal cases against a group of Russians suspected of setting up a branch of the MMM financial pyramid. Among the suspects is Sergei Mavrodi, who is directly involved in the appearance in India of Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox India, local mass media outlets reported here on Wednesday.
Seventeen persons are under investigation, including Mavrodi, who is at large, director of MMM-India Alexei Muratov, producer from Yekaterinburg Andrei Kilin, and Denis Rozhkov and Mikhail Glukhov. All other suspects are Indian citizens. Criminal proceedings against them were opened over fraudulent misappropriation of large sums.
A Mumbai police report /State Maharashtra/ notes that the MMM branch had no license and had not been registered in India. Its organizers had collected money for charity purposes in the Indian states of Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Panjab. Some 100,000 Indian were cheated of two million dollars, the report said.
On Wednesday, Muratov, Rozhkov and Kilin were transferred to a hospital in the town of Guwahati, Assam, after their health deteriorated because of the hungerstrike.
Legal services for the Russians are provided by a local lawyer, who has asked the court to release them on bail. The detainees insist on their innocence saying the charges brought against them are groundless. The Russian Embassy confirmed the detention of the Russian citizens. None of them has requested assistance from the consulate department yet, the Embassy said.