23 Nov 2018 22:03

Four businessmen on "London list" could return to Russia by end of year - business ombudsman Titov

MOSCOW. Nov 23 (Interfax) - Four people named on the "London list" of businessmen hiding abroad from the Russian justice system could return to their home country before the end of 2018, the Russian president's commissioner for entrepreneurs' rights said.

"Four more people have the freedom of entry, they are deciding on the dates, sorting out their affairs. For them, the opportunity to arrive is absolutely open," Boris Titov told journalists on Friday.

The four in question are Leonid Kurayev, Konstantin Dyulgerov, Mikhail Shamanov and Yury Pogiba, he said.

Another nine are being actively considered, in cooperation law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, for a possible return to Russia, he said.

The ombudsman's office is currently processing 38 cases. This year it has received a total of 52 applications from exiled Russian entrepreneurs.

In February Titov said that he had given the Russian president a list of fugitive businessmen wanting to return to Russia. All of them share a similar story: they managed to flee the country before they could be jailed.

Andrei Kakovkin was the first "listed" businessman to have returned to Russia. Five others followed suit.