On Corruption, Again

Radio Echo Moskvy

By Vladimir Krasnov, lawyer

I was looking through the 18 December 2012 edition of the Kommersant daily and suddenly saw something very familiar: a person is hiding in London because of his criminal prosecution in Russia for fraud; Russia demands his extradition, and a court in London, having discovered an appalling level of corruption among those who are supposed to counter it, refused the extradition. What follows was reported by the InterRight information agency on 10 December 2012 (written by A. Sedunov): “The British judge was horrified by video and audio recordings that confirm beyond doubt that high-level officials at the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office in collusion with high-level officials of the Russian Interior Ministry Investigation Department are demanding a bribe of $1 million to drop all criminal charges against the subject. The amount of the bribe was to be divided as follows: $500,000 to Pavel Lapshov, deputy chief of the Investigation Department; $100,000 each to the supervising prosecutors and $100,000 to General Ignashin.”
The situation and the names are from the case of my client Andrey Borodin. He was prosecuted in the same pattern: a false accusation (a loan from the Bank of Moscow to the Premier Estate Company), a fraud charge in his absence, a request sent to London… Continue reading

Judge Nicholas Evans: I was horrified by the level of corruption in Russia

Novaya gazeta

The London judge was shocked when he heard, at first hand, Russian investigators demanding bribes from Russian businessmen. We’re publishing the transcript and names of those involved in the unprecedented scandal.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London has dismissed the request of the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office for the extradition of Georgy Trefilov. It dismissed the request primarily because it recognised that Russian siloviki had extorted bribes in exchange for dropping his criminal prosecution. In addition, District Judge Nicholas Evans ruled that Trefilov be compensated for all the costs he had incurred in connection with his participation in the proceedings relating to the extradition request. These costs exceed a million dollars, and will be paid to Trefilov out of the UK’s state treasury. The UK, in turn, will file a recourse [claim] against Russia, demanding payment for this amount. Continue reading

If you go against the Kremlin, you’ve got to pay

Tribune de Geneve

Exiled in London, the fallen oligarch Andrey Borodin talks about the system of power and opposition in Russia

Tristan de Bourbon – London

Exiled to the UK for the last year and a half, Andrey Borodin paints a terrifying picture of the system that governs his country.

What are you doing in London?
I left my country at the end of March 2011 for a family weekend celebrating the birthday of my daughter. I haven’t been back to my country since then. In just a few months I became an enemy of the Kremlin, in particular prime minister Dmitry Medvedev because I dared to go against his wishes a bit too forcefully. Continue reading

Billionaire Borodin Denounces Dirty Game After Swiss Bank Freeze

Bloomberg

By Henry Meyer

Russian billionaire Andrei Borodin accused Russia of playing “a dirty game” aimed at crippling him financially by freezing his assets and called on Switzerland and other states to release his funds.

Borodin, former chief executive of the Bank of Moscow, is wanted in connection with the embezzlement of Moscow City Hall funds, according to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office. Borodin, 45, says he is innocent and that he hopes money in the politically-motivated case will be unfrozen “very” quickly. Continue reading