Curious justice in Russian road rage case

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In Moscow, a Russian banker has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for having a Dutch businessman beaten up.

The Dutchman Jorrit Faassen was beaten up after he refused to give way in traffic to 34-year-old Russian banker Matvei Urin. Mr Urin had his body guards beat the 30-year-old Dutchman with baseball bats. Mr Faassen sustained head injuries.

Vladimir Putin After the incident, rumours spread that the Dutchman had connections in high places. He is even reportedly married to one of Vladimir Putin's daughters. The Kremlin’s silence has made the rumours even more persistent.

What is striking is that, for a foreigner, the young Dutchman has held a number of high positions over several years. He is a former Gazprom executive and is currently vice president of a Russian consultancy.

Bank imperium Matvei Urin was initially handed down a three year sentence in April, but the sentence was quashed for being too mild. The case was retried, and the sentence extended to four and a half years.

Urin’s bank imperium has collapsed in the past year as his six banks lost their licences.  

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