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Germany investigates prosecution in case of Russian tycoon – Bild

Germany investigates prosecution in case of Russian tycoon – Bild

Alisher Usmanov has taken legal action over illegal raids on his properties in the country

German authorities have opened criminal charges against two investigators in Frankfurt after Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov filed a complaint alleging violations of his rights, Bild reported Wednesday, citing the attorney general’s office.

According to Dominique Mies, a spokesman for the office, criminal charges were brought against the two prosecutors based on requests from two people who said one of the complainants is “A 70-year-old businessman from the Russian Federation.”

Usmanov’s representative confirmed his filing of the complaint, but declined to provide further comment “while the court proceedings are pending,” This was reported by the Russian business daily RBK.

The case was opened on suspicion of non-cooperation with public justice and prosecution of the innocent, Bild wrote, noting that Usmanov’s appeal was related to raids on his properties in Germany carried out in 2022 and declared illegal by the Frankfurt Regional Court last May. .

The Frankfurt court had previously ruled that searches carried out in the town of Rottach-Eggern, on a yacht in Hamburg and at the flat of Usmanov’s friends were illegal. “serious deficiencies” in arrest warrants requested by the then Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office.

The EU court rejected the Russian tycoon's appeal against the sanctions

The court also canceled a search of the offices of business lawyers in Munich. Commenting on the decision, Usmanov’s representative said he confirmed “baseless accusation” against him.

The Uzbekistan-born businessman holds a major stake in USM, a Russian investment group with stakes in Metalloinvest, one of the world’s largest iron ore producers, and telecommunications company MegaFon. According to Forbes, Usmanov’s net worth is $14.4 billion. In 2022, it was added to the US, UK and EU sanctions lists. The authorities froze part of the billionaire’s assets. Brussels explained its blacklisting of Usmanov by saying that it did “particularly close ties” with the Russian authorities and actively supports Moscow’s policy in relation to Ukraine.

The tycoon appealed to the European Court of Justice, but his appeal was rejected. German investigators suspect Usmanov of money laundering and tax evasion. The businessman denied the accusations.

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