Rogue states

The Economist

Cross-border policing can be political

Four years ago this week the whistle-blowing accountant Sergei Magnitsky died in jail from beatings and abuse, having uncovered a $230m fraud against the Russian state. His client Bill Browder, a London-based financier, has been campaigning to punish those responsible with visa bans and asset freezes. But the Russian authorities have retaliated and are trying to extradite him on fraud charges, using Interpol, the world police co-operation body. Continue reading

Russian banker with an English palace and a dangerous feud

The Telegraph

Andrey and Tatiana

He is the billionaire banker who left Russia for Britain just hours before he could be detained. Granted political asylum in February – to the fury of President Vladimir Putin – Andrey Borodin has settled in the UK, taking up residence with his wife and daughter in Britain’s most expensive home.

Now, in his first face-to-face interview since he arrived in March 2011, the former president of the Bank of Moscow has warned David Cameron to beware of the Russian leader. Continue reading

A Magnitsky law for Europe

Financial Times

The US statute is a pro-Russian, not anti-Russian, act

Even by its own recent standards, Moscow’s response to the US Magnitsky law, which bars Russian officials accused of human rights violations from the US, has been ugly. President Vladimir Putin last week signed into law a ban on US citizens adopting Russian children. In effect, this strands thousands of Russia’s most vulnerable citizens in often appalling orphanages, as hostages to US-Russian relations. Continue reading

If you go against the Kremlin, you’ve got to pay

Tribune de Geneve

Exiled in London, the fallen oligarch Andrey Borodin talks about the system of power and opposition in Russia

Tristan de Bourbon – London

Exiled to the UK for the last year and a half, Andrey Borodin paints a terrifying picture of the system that governs his country.

What are you doing in London?
I left my country at the end of March 2011 for a family weekend celebrating the birthday of my daughter. I haven’t been back to my country since then. In just a few months I became an enemy of the Kremlin, in particular prime minister Dmitry Medvedev because I dared to go against his wishes a bit too forcefully. Continue reading

Appeal in suit on invalidity of Bank of Moscow shares transfer postponed


MOSCOW, October 30 – RAPSI. The Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals will hear on November 20 Sergei Devyatkin’s appeal against the dismissal of his lawsuit to invalidate the transfer from the Moscow government of its shares in the Bank of Moscow to VTB Bank, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/ on Tuesday.

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Russian police deliberately misinform foreign colleagues

Interfax: Russia & CIS General Newswire

Ex-Bank of Moscow CEO Andrei Borodin has accused Russian police of deliberately distorting facts in the decision to initiate his prosecution and to arrest his foreign assets.

“The attack on me continues. They present either old or unreliable information,” Borodin told Interfax by phone on Wednesday night.

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Tycoon fears Putin enforcers

An exiled Russian banker has called in the police after a mystery chase on the M4

The Sunday Times

A RUSSIAN tycoon who fled Moscow claiming to be a victim of Kremlin persecution fears he may be the target of the Russian security services in Britain.

Andrey Borodin, a billionaire banker, claimed he had recently been the target of a surveillance operation at his new home near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

The fugitive tycoon, who has spent about £50,000 funding human rights groups fighting abuses by the Kremlin, said he had called in police after a car being driven by Mario Hinterdorfer, his personal assistant, was involved in a high-speed chase on the M4 in August. Continue reading