“Strange things are happening”: David Yakobashvili says he won’t come back to Russia after searches in his museum
The businessman has not been in Russia since March and was not planning on coming anytime soon.
Businessman David Yakobashvili stated that he was not going to return to Russia after the searches at his Sobraniye Museum, reports BBC.
“I’ve not been in Russia since March and did not plan to come at all in the near future, but what happened made me think I might never come back at all unless they deal with it. Strange things are happening there. I don’t have any work in Russia, only the museum, which works on its own,” said Yakobashvili.
The businessman added that he was in Geneva during the searches, and has left for France. He was told that Sobraniye had been searched on June 18. According to RBC, the investigative actions were associated with a criminal case initiated by the FSB on a complaint filed by Yakobashvili’s former business partner, Boris Minakhi.
Business Ombudsman Boris Titov said Yakobashvili’s prosecution is a way to put pressure on him. The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs stated that the case is about the “practice of using criminal procedure mechanisms to resolve economic disputes”.
David Yakobashvili holds the post of Vice-President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. He is one of the founders of Wimm-Bill-Dann and is ranked 145 in Forbes’s list of the richest people in Russia. Yakobashvili is worth 750 million dollars. The businessman opened the Sobraniye Museum in 2018 for his art collection with more than 20 thousand exhibits. The museum has Yakobashvili’s office in it.
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