20 August 2013, 15:09

Belgrade court seizes 7 Berezovsky's enterprises valued at approx. $273 million

Борис Березовский

A Belgrade court has seized seven enterprises of late businessman Boris Berezovsky by request of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Zvyagintsev said.

"I was informed yesterday that the High Court in Belgrade seized seven enterprises of Berezovsky valued at approximately 9 billion rubles ($273 million) at our request," he told reporters on Tuesday.

A lawyer representing Berezovsky said he had no information about the seizure of the enterprises.

"I know nothing about the Belgrade court and have heard nothing about those enterprises," lawyer Andrei Borovkov told Interfax on Tuesday.

Russian Prosecutor General's Office officers said earlier they would demand the seizure and return of the millions stolen by Berezovsky and his accomplices.

Berezovsky immigrated to the United Kingdom in 2000 and took residence in London. Russia accused him of many crimes and sentenced him to time in prison in absentia.

The death of Berezovsky was reported on March 23, 2013.

The Federal Bailiff Service said on March 29 there were five court enforcement actions regarding Berezovsky aimed to impound assets totaling 3.275 billion rubles ($99 million).

Charges pending against dead Russian tycoon Berezovsky

The Russian investigation committee said it was still probing the case of Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled former oligarch who had fled to the UK in 2000.

The committee’s spokesman, Vladimir Markin told reporters on Tuesday the deceased tycoon was still under investigation on a number of criminal charges at home.

“The main investigation department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation continues to look into the criminal case against Boris Berezovsky, who is accused of committing a series of crimes,” Mr. Markin said.

Boris Berezovsky was found dead at his Ascot home west of London on March 23, amid rumours he was massively in debt and facing multiple court cases.

The former billionaire may have owed the taxman £100 m, The Times said, citing a source close to UK police. Moreover, he reportedly faced a prison term for tax default in Britian.

According to local media reports, Grant Thornton, a firm which was entrusted to audit Berezovsky’s assets, told the High Court that the assets the late Russian businessman had left after his death were not enough to pay off his debts.

Bailiffs arrest Berezovsky’s property, his total debt is 3.2 billion rouble

 

Russia’s bailiffs arrested Boris Berezovsky’s property located on the territory of the Russian Federation, Head of the Federal Bailiff Service Artur Parfenchikov said.

 

The Service has not identified what property was arrested or its worth, adding that "legally he is not the owner; according to the paperwork he was a beneficiary and had incorporeal hereditament rights."

Representatives of the Bailiff service also stated that since initiating enforcement proceeding in 2008, 300 million rubles ($10 million) of debt have been recovered.

"We are still processing five out of eight warrants; Berezovsky’s total debt is 3.2 billion roubles. There are four more joint debtors besides him," Parfenchikov said. He addedthat the service had not received official notifications regarding Boris Berezovsky’s death.

It was previously reported that the fugitive oligarch owed 100 million pounds (151 million US dollars) to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). According to media reports, Grant Thornton, which was entrusted to audit Berezovsky’s assets, told the court that the assets the later Russian businessman left after his death are not enough to pay off his debts.

Previously Thames Valley police announced that investigation into the death of Boris Berezovsky will likely continue no sooner than January of 2014.

Voice of Russia, TASSInterfax, RIA

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