Rybolovlev leaves 600 questions unanswered
Russian billionaire believes his detention is illegal.
Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev detained in Monaco has been asked about 600 questions during the questioning, reports Nis Master newspaper.
However, according to the newspaper, Rybolovlev declined to answer them. In his words, he believes there’s no legal basis for his detention, and he does not agree with the results of expertise of his lawyer Tatiana Bersheda’s mobile phone.
As CrimeRussia had earlier reported, the former owner of Uralkali (a Russian potash fertilizer producer and exporter) was placed under arrest by Monaco authorities, however as soon as the permissible period of police detention within the preliminary investigation was over, the businessman was released. He did not give an undertaking not to leave, so if desired, he may leave the Principality.
The investigators in Monaco accuse the billionaire of corruption and influence peddling related to the country’s law enforcement officials who had been investigating a case of swindling against a Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier.
In 2015, the Russian billionaire stated that Bouvier had sold him 37 masterpieces of Picasso, Monet and other known painters for $2 billion while their real price had allegedly been a billion less. This was told by Rybolovlev’s interpreter Tanya Rapso who allegedly was the one Bouvier gave half of the earnings to. The lawyer Tatiana Bersheda recorded the conversation on her mobile phone’s voice recorder and gave it to the police.
Rapso stated that she was not told about the fact the conversation had been recorded, and now claims it violates a person's privacy. She accused Rybolovlev of influence peddling.
Six months ago, no one could predict the state of the MIA General Administration for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region by the time of the forthcoming elections. After the appointment of Moscow general Roman Plugin in charge of it, the St. Petersburg police has undergone significant changes. Major general of justice Oleg Antropov, Head of the Main Investigations Directorate, is ‘the last man standing’ from the old command of the MIA General Administration. Most probably, he is going to become the next victim of ‘janitor’ Plugin.