Ex-State Duma Deputy accused of extorting $50 million from billionaires Fridman and Aven

Ex-State Duma Deputy accused of extorting $50 million from billionaires Fridman and Aven
Leonid Maevsky

The court extended the terms of arrests to the former parliamentarian and his assistant.

The arrested former State Duma Deputy, Leonid Maevsky, was accused of extortion of $50 million from co-owners of Alfa-Bank Petr Aven and Mikhail Fridman, RBC reports. The Tverskoy Court of Moscow extended the terms of arrests to Maevsky and his assistant, Maxim Bukin, until October 14.

Maevsky was a member of the third convocation Duma (1999-2003) of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Then he headed LV Finance, which owned a 25.1% stake in MegaFon. After several resales, the shares were redeemed by the Alfa Group holding, from which the securities were transferred to MegaFon and other structures of Alisher Usmanov.

Maevsky was detained in November 2018 near the head office of Alfa-Bank. Before that, its shareholders informed the law enforcement agencies about extortion. The meeting on the election of a preventive measure to the entrepreneur was held behind closed doors, as the accused stated that “the security interests of the state may be affected.”

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