Ex-Minister Abyzov could leave Russia out of criminal case against business partner
The wealthiest member of the government rests in Italy with a new wife.
Former government Minister Mikhail Abyzov moved to live in Italy, to his villa in Tuscany and celebrated Valentine's Day in Dubai. The move may be related to a criminal case against Abyzov’s business partner, venture investor Mikhail Chuchkevich, Sobesednik reports.
“I pay taxes in Russia,” Abyzov assured.
The ex-Minister rejected the journalists' suspicions about the tie of his departure from Russia with Chuchkevich’s arrest. “I have nothing to do with it,” said Abyzov about the criminal case.
In Tuscany, Abyzov is resting with his new wife, 29-year-old Valentina Grigorieva. According to her Instagram page, the girl worked as a flight attendant at Aeroflot. The son and daughter of Abyzov from their first marriage live separately in the UK.
In 2015, Abyzov was the wealthiest government member in terms of revenue, earning 455 million rubles ($6.7m). Also, the ex-Minister indicated a personal helicopter, two premium cars, and several motorcycles.
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