Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky, who fled his country because of an embezzlement scandal has been accused by Russian businessman Nikolai Doroshenko of having his son brutally beaten with an intent to kill him, as reported by the Cambodia Daily.
Since fleeing Russia, Polonsky divides his time between Phom Penh and a small island off of Sihanoukville. Polonsky and Doroshenko have been embroiled in a feud over property in Sihanoukville, including a dispute over Victory beach. Doroshenko says Polonsky has issued death threats against him and his entire family.
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Doroshenko received a phone call from two Russians who asked if he could deliver $1, 000 to them on behalf of fellow Russian, Denis Valov, who was in prison for running over and killing a high school student with his truck. Nikolai was unable to deliver the money and sent his son, Ostap, who was severely beaten after shaking hands with the men and hit with a stun gun. Ostap attempted to get away in his car. Ostap was treated for his wounds and went to Thailand for further medical care.
Nikolai Doroshenko said the men were agents of Polonsky, and expected him to arrive instead of his son with the intent to murder him. Polonsky has denied these allegations. Sergei Polonsky left Russia when he was accused of embezzling $180 million and is on Interpol’s most wanted list. He has been caught and has awaited extradition previously in Cambodia, but it was ruled that the extradition case would be delayed. In December 2012, Polonsky was arrested and jailed for forcing 6 Cambodians to jump off a boat at knife point. Guess how long he spent in jail? Three months.