Boris Titov makes list of UK-pressurized businessmen
Boris Titov sent a list to the presidential administration on February 4 naming 17 entrepreneurs who are hiding from Russian justice in other countries, but would like to come back.
Boris Titov, the business ombudsman and leader of the Party of Growth, who was a presidential nominee, announced that he would continue working with entrepreneurs who would like to return to Russia. He claims that they are unlawfully persecuted at home. Some of the businessmen on his list of "returnees" are now under pressure from the British authorities, Titov said.
Sergei Kapchuk, the former deputy of the Sverdlovsk Duma and the ex-general director of LLC Bearing Plant No. 6 has been on the international wanted list since 2006 over a fraud case. Boris Titov called the case against him "morally obsolete" and "fictional." However, as soon as he announced his willingness to return to Russia, the British media started contacting him. "A serious campaign started, with the media almost demanding that he confirmed he was against Putin. He gave a reciprocal interview explaining he was not in the opposition, but was a simple Russian citizen; it was not enough for them. His bank accounts were blocked and a certain special services man came to him and started dictating what he was to say," Mr. Titov said. He added that Sergei Kapchuk had to leave the UK and now he is in Europe. "There is pressure on people to make them discuss the Russian policy. So, our law enforcement bodies are not the only ones working against entrepreneurs," the ombudsman summed up.
Another businessman, who wished to return, started receiving calls allegedly from the special services, although he was not on the original list. We are talking about Valery Morozov, the former shareholder and head of the construction and design company Moskonversprom, which contracted with the government for Sochi Olympics projects. They allegedly hint that the Russian authorities could "deal with him" as they did with Sergei Skripal.
Boris Titov sent a list to the presidential administration on February 4 naming 17 entrepreneurs who are hiding from Russian justice in other countries, but would like to come back. Mr. Titov added four more entrepreneurs on March 5. One of them was Andrei Kakovkin, who had been on the international wanted list for charges of fraud and illegal circulation of funds and payments. The Rostov-on-Don businessman has already returned to Russia.
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