Berezovsky's accounts seized in Switzerland - source

The Swiss authorities have seized bank accounts belonging to late businessman Boris Berezovsky, a source familiar with the situation told Interfax on Wednesday.

The Swiss authorities have seized bank accounts belonging to late businessman Boris Berezovsky, a source familiar with the situation told Interfax on Wednesday.

"We are talking about accounts worth 21 million Swiss Franks. The accounts have been seized at the request of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office," the source said.

The source also said they money is expected to be returned to Russia as compensation to people hurt by Berezovsky's actions.

It was reported earlier that the Moscow division of the Federal Court Bailiff Service was handling an aggregated enforcement proceeding in relation to Berezovsky and several individual co-debtors for a sum exceeding 3.2 billion rubles. The claimants are Aeroflot Russian Airlines and the government of the Samara region.

The Federal Court Bailiff Service said in April 2013 that it could go to court to make sure that responsibility for Berezovsky's debts be transferred to his legal heirs.

The Federal Court Bailiff Service had reported on November 14, 2013 that "a copy of a provisional document confirming Berezovsky's death has come from the Russian Embassy to the United Kingdom."

"A court bailiff has forwarded an inquiry to the Moscow City Notary Chamber on opening an inheritance case in relation to Berezovsky," it said.

The service pointed out that on May 13, 2013 a court bailiff had ruled to freeze assets belonging to Berezovsky on Russian territory.

Among the assets are stakes in IDS Borjomi, Aqua Logistica, Borjomi Mineral Waters, Edelweiss L, Aqua-Star, Lipetskkurortresurs, and also real estate items registered as belonging to Edelweiss L, Aqua-Star, and Lipetskkurortresurs.

A ruling from August 22, 2013 seized Berezovsky's securities.

On March 23, 2013 it was reported that Berezovsky, 67, had been found dead in his house in Ascot, in the country of Berkshire. An employee from the businessman's housekeeping staff discovered his body on the floor of a bathroom which had been locked from the inside.

Scotland Yard released official autopsy results on March 26, 2013, saying that experts had not found any signs of violent death, and all the evidence pointed to the likelihood of the businessman having hanged himself.

Berezovsky emigrated to the United Kingdom in 2000. Russia accused him of numerous crimes and sentenced him to a prison term in absentia.

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