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Money laundering suspected: Russian oligarch Fridman arrested in London, — Media

According to journalists, the entrepreneur was released on bail. However, Fridman's Alfa Group denies that the detainee is its co-owner.

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Russian businessman arrested in London. Officers investigating possible criminal activities of the oligarchs have detained a 58-year-old man in his multi-million dollar mansion, BBC reports.

He is suspected of money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the Home Office and conspiracy to give false evidence. The name of the detainee is not called, but a number of Russian and foreign media suggest that it is about Mikhail Fridman, but this information has not been officially confirmed. He is also 58 years old, and he owns luxury real estate in London.

Shortly after the appearance of this information, the press service of Alfa-Bank denied the arrest of Fridman.

“We do not know who according to this news, Mikhail Fridman is at home, not under arrest. He has nothing to do with this story,” the financial institution said.

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In addition to him, two other people were arrested. One, a 35-year-old man, was detained on suspicion of money laundering. He tried to leave with a bag containing thousands of pounds sterling in cash and resisted the order of the police.

The third detainee is said to be 39 years old and “the ex-boyfriend of the businessman's current partner”. The man was arrested at his home in Pimlico, central London. He is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit fraud.

According to the National Crime Agency (NCA), more than fifty officers from its anti-kleptocracy unit were involved in the operation at the businessman's property, where several digital devices and a significant amount of cash were seized after a search.

” Launched this year, the unit has made significant progress in investigating the potential criminal activities of the oligarchs, and we will continue to use all the forces and tactics available to us to eliminate this threat,” said NCA CEO Graham Biggar.

At the moment, it is known that all three detainees were released on bail, the amount of which was not disclosed.

NCA – a thunderstorm of corrupt oligarchs

This was the last operation carried out as part of the Agency's efforts to suppress activities of corrupt international businessmen and their collaborators.

The NCA said that nearly 100 “failures” were committed against elites associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin and their accomplices. So called measures to eliminate or reduce the criminal threat. These include a series of Account Freeze Orders (AFOs) on accounts held by individuals with close ties to Russians under sanctions. The NCA has also investigated and taken action against a significant number of elites that directly influence the UK, as well as targeting less traditional routes used to cover up the movement of significant wealth, such as the sale of high-value assets through auction houses.

Internationally, the NCA's work has helped freeze numerous properties, eight yachts and four aircraft, and it continues to work with the Financial Sanctions Enforcement Authority to secure the freezing of other assets in the UK, as well as with global partners to combat illicit wealth held in border.

Who is Mikhail Fridman?

Mikhail Fridman is a Russian entrepreneur. Co-owner and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Alfa Group consortium. One of the richest entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation and residents of the UK. In February-April 2022, he was under personal sanctions from the EU and other countries.

In September, the media wrote that Friedman offered to transfer a billion dollars of his personal fortune to the Ukrainian branch of Alfa-Bank, of which he is a co-founder. According to people familiar with the matter, this proposal was aimed at convincing the UK to lift sanctions from him.

In 2019, Friedman, who was worth an estimated $ 15 billion, became the richest resident of London according to Forbes magazine.