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Russia Files New Charge Against Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky

MOSCOW -- A new embezzlement charge has been brought against fugitive Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Berezovsky’s lawyer, Andrei Borovkov, says the investigative committee of the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office has clarified its charges related to the 2007 case against him.

Berezovsky is now charged with stealing $13 million of SBS-Agro credit funds and legalizing the sum through the Swiss company Forus.

In June 2009, the Krasnogorsk City Court in Moscow Oblast found Berezovsky guilty of stealing 58 million rubles ($1.8 million) from the AvtoVAZ and LogoVAZ automotive companies in the early 1990s.

His associate, Yuly Dubsky, was sentenced to nine years in jail.

In 2007, a Moscow court sentenced Berezovsky to six years for embezzling $9 million from the Aeroflot state airliner. Both trials were held in absentia.

Berezovsky has been residing in Great Britain since 2001 and has political asylum there.