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Police Raid Company Of Ex-Moscow Mayor's Wife


Former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov (left) with his wife Yelena Baturina (file photo)

Former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov (left) with his wife Yelena Baturina (file photo)

Russian police have raided the Moscow offices of Inteko, a real estate firm owned by Yelena Baturina, the wife of Moscow's former mayor, Yury Luzhkov.

Irina Dudukina, a spokeswoman for the Investigative Committee, said the search was linked to an investigation into suspicions of embezzlement of 13 billion rubles ($443.7 million) from the Bank of Moscow.

Interfax quoted Baturina as saying, "I know for certain that these searches have no relation to either our company or the Bank of Moscow," and that "this is simply an ordered [raid] and a form of [political] pressure."

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