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10.10.2017 - 22: 53

Lawyer: Cyprus may have political motives in the case of Gazprom shares

Cyprus refused to cooperate with Russia in investigating the case of fraud with shares of Gazprom. Lawyer Marina Silkin on the radio Sputnik said that he sees no obstacles to appeal against the decision of the Cypriot side.

Cyprus refused to cooperate with Russia in the investigation of the criminal case of fraud with shares of Gazprom. Moscow doubts the legality of this decision and expects that this case will not be politicized, according to a commentary by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"In Moscow, it was surprising the decision of the Cypriot side to stop cooperation with the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation in the criminal case concerning operations with shares of PJSC Gazprom, one of the defendants being William Browder", The department informed.

The Russian Foreign Ministry expects that "attempts to politicize the investigation of criminal cases will be put an end and an objective approach will be taken for the purpose of honest investigation, identification of the perpetrators and their bringing to justice."

William Browder at 1995-2007 was the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia. In Russia, he was sentenced in absentia to nine years in a criminal case on financial fraud.

A lawyer in the field of international law, Marina Silkina, Ph.D. in law on radio Sputnik said that the decision of the Cypriot side is perplexing.

"The decision of the Cypriot side to end cooperation with the Russian Prosecutor General's Office is rather puzzling." The only and most effective way to resolve this issue is to get full access to the situation in terms of documents that were accepted by the Cypriot side. mutual assistance in criminal matters, it is necessary to clarify what these grounds are, which were the reason for the termination of all relations in this criminal case ", - noted Marina Silkina.

She clarified that she did not see any obstacles to appeal against the decision of the Cypriot side.

"The preparation of the appeal will take some time, the jurisdiction in this case will be a Cypriot court, that is, it is necessary to apply to the court in the territory of Cyprus. At the moment, I do not see any obstacles to appeal against the decision of the Cypriot side. would not - given that we are talking about the shares of Gazprom and the tense situation that has developed in the international political context ", Said Marina Silkina.

A source: RIA News

Tags: Cyprus, Investigations, Russia, Gazprom, Economics, International Relations