UK-based magnate says Moscow led Rivierra raid

12th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

MOSCOW, May 12 (AFP) - Russian authorities were behind a search by French police of the Riviera villa of exiled magnate Boris Berezovsky accused by Moscow of money laundering, his spokesman said Thursday.

MOSCOW, May 12 (AFP) - Russian authorities were behind a search by French police of the Riviera villa of exiled magnate Boris Berezovsky accused by Moscow of money laundering, his spokesman said Thursday.  

"It is very sad that France lets itself be led by the nose by Russia," Alexander Goldfarb told AFP.  

Goldfarb accused Paris of being complacent with Russian authorities, who he said had used similar tactics in the past to obtain the extradition of the exiled magnate, who has also been charged with fraud.  

Twenty French police officers searched the villa in Antibes of 59-year-old Berezovsky on Wednesday. He was not at the residence during the search.  

Berezovsky, one of Russia's wealthiest and most prominent oligarchs in the 1990s, served briefly as former president Boris Yeltsin's national security advisor.  

He immediately came into conflict however with President Vladimir Putin and remains, from abroad, one of the most vocal critics of the Russian leader.  

He was granted political asylum in Britain in 2003.

© AFP

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