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Britain grants political asylum to suspect who faces fraud charges in Russia

February 16, 2015, 20:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier, Ashurkov had been put on a federal Wanted list as a suspect accused of embezzlement of funds raised in support of oppositionist Alexey Navalny's election campaign
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MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. Vladimir Ashurkov, Executive Director of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption, has been granted political asylum in Great Britain, lawyer Alexander Salnikov, who represents the interests of Vladimir Ashurkov's wife, Alexandrina Markvo, told journalists on Monday. The lawyer confirmed the fact that Vladimir Ashurkov was granted political asylum in Britain, but said he did not know whether Salnikov's wife, Alexandrina Markvo, had received political asylum in Britain as well.

Earlier, Ashurkov had been put on a federal Wanted list as a suspect accused of embezzlement of funds raised in support of Alexey Navalny's election campaign in the election of the Moscow city mayor in 2013.

On Monday, the Moscow Basmanny court arrested Alexandrina Markvo, who claims to be Ashurkov's common-law wife, in absentia. Earlier, Alexadrina Markvo had been put on an international Wanted list as a suspect in embezzlement in deals with state contracts.

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