• Interesting, what Ex Power Money News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch will tell his papers about this?

    German Gorbuntsov, the Russian banker who was shot six times in an attempted assasination in London in March, has called on Russia to mount an "honest" investigation into the hit, and arrest the high-powered businessmen he believes were behind it.

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    Tags: The Independent

  • Evgeny’s report from Somalia. Well done. But I’m though worried about trips to Afganistan & Somalia

    A lot has changed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, since America’s ugly involvement in the 1990s (as captured in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down). Evgeny Lebedev travels to a city fighting for recovery, and sees progress and stagnation battling for primacy. As Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali tells him, “Somalis are sick and tired of being sick and tired.” There are signs of promise—the city’s Bakaara market has replaced bullets and forged passports with local produce, grain, and meat. But with the al Shabaab militia still festering in the south of the country and al-Qaeda maintaining a toehold, control may still be out of the government’s reach.

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  • Evgeny Lebedev appears at Leveson inquiry

    Evgeny Lebedev, the proprietor of the Independent and London Evening Standard, is questioned by Carine Patry Hoskins at the Leveson inquiry. He says he has never been asked by any politican to give political support, and has invested £75m over the last three years to fund his two titles.

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    Tags: The Evening Standard, The Independent

  • The London finales

    The shots fired on London’s respectable Byng Street on 20 March brought German Gorbuntsov, a banker with a vague past, to the front pages of the world’s leading newspapers. The scandal around the extradition to Lithuania of another escapee to London, former Snoras bank owner Vladimir Antonov, went unnoticed. But the two men appear to be so closely connected that their cases might as well be investigated as a single “Russian bank mafia” case.

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    Tags: Corruption

  • Dear Mr Murdoch! Please pass to law-enforcement agencies:

    In “Gorbuntsov case” it is worth questioning Mr A.Melnichenko, Forbes list, who was head of Conversbank (Moscow) and lives in London. Suggest 4 more witnesses: A.Egiazaryan, former MP, gangster, now hiding in USA (can be contacted through Department of Justice). Defrauded 2 Russian banks – Mosnatsbank & Unicombank for approximately $1,2 bln – and laundered funds through bank Louis D’or, Barbados (now liquidated). Knows a lot.

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    Tags: Corruption, Medvedev