Samara turns to London's High Court to get 989 mln rubles in debts from Berezovsky

The government of the Samara region has filed a lawsuit with London's High Court seeking the recovery of 989 million rubles in debts from businessman Boris Berezovsky, the regional government's press service has reported.

"This sum is part of the 1.063 billion ruble debt owed to the regional authorities by Boris Berezovsky and his business partner Yuly Dubov. Seventy-four million rubles have been retransferred to the region and 989 million rubles remain unrepaid," the press service said.

In June 2009, a court in Krasnogorsk near Moscow granted the Samara regional authorities' lawsuit seeking the recovery of 58 million rubles in debts from Berezovsky and Dubov, who were found guilty in absentia under the LogoVAZ and AvtoVAZ criminal cases, earlier reports said. The court later granted regional government's demand that the debt be indexed by 8.5 million rubles.

Moscow's Simonovsky Court ruled in April 2012 that the abortive deal between AvtoVAZ and LogoVAZ led to the Samara regional government's losing 997 million rubles in profit. Court bailiffs subsequently tracked down Berezovsky's property worth 109 million rubles, which was sold in the claimants' favor and Samara Region got 74 million rubles.

London's High Court in August 2012 turned down Berezovsky's lawsuit against Roman Abramovich, seeking the recovery of $5.5 million in losses under a series of deals conducted in Russia in the 1990s.

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