Former State Duma deputy faces more charges

According to Russian business daily Kommersant (10 November 2012), Russia’s Investigative Committee has now commenced a third criminal case against former State Duma deputy Ashot Egiazaryan. This time it is claimed that he laundered more than RUB 700 million (approximately GBP 14 million) in embezzled funds through a transaction involving the theft of 460 uncertified shares of Centurion Alliance owned by his former business Vitaly Smagin.

Egiazaryan, who is on the wanted list and is currently residing in the USA, rejects the charges.  Smyagin is also a shareholder with Egiazaryan in the Europark shopping complex.


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