Published On: Fri, Dec 19th, 2014

U.K. Refuses to Extradite Russian Fugitives or Return Embezzled Funds, Official Says

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The United Kingdom has refused to return embezzled funds to Russia or to extradite Russians who are being prosecuted, the Russian Legal Information Agency said on December 17, quoting Alexander Bastrykin, chairman of Russia’s Investigative Committee, who made the disclosure in a speech to lawmakers of the country’s upper house of parliament.

He told the Federation Council that he had received explanations to this effect from the Russian ambassador to the UK. Bastrykin said that only a very small amount of the funds embezzled in the 1990s have been returned.

The most high-profile case is that of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who was prosecuted in Russia in connection with a number of large-scale embezzlement and corruption cases. The late businessman took refuge in the U.K.  Berezovsky was found dead by his bodyguard in the bathroom of his house on Mill Lane, Ascot, Berkshire, in March 2013.

Bastrykin said in September of this year that there is little hope that the funds embezzled by Berezovsky will ever be returned to Russia.

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