27 October 2016

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Russian tycoon Prokhorov's Onexim Group selling all its assets - Reuters

Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim Group is selling all its assets, according to Reuters citing the Russian newspaper Vedomosti.

Onexim owns stakes in aluminium giant Rusal, potash firm Uralkali and power generator Quadra, among other firms, Reuters reports.

Prokhorov, the owner of U.S. basketball franchise the Brooklyn Nets, has a net worth of around $8 billion, according to Forbes magazine. Onexim manages his assets.

Russian law enforcement officials in April conducted searches of Onexim's offices.

Officials said the searches were related to a tax investigation. But at the time, two sources told Reuters they believed they were linked to Prokhorov's RBC media holding, which had published revelations about people with ties to President Vladimir Putin.

Bloomberg: Russia goes it alone with first eurobond since sanctionsThe Kremlin said then it was "absolutely inappropriate" to link the searches to articles published by RBC.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, when contacted by Vedomosti, called claims Onexim was selling its assets on a recommendation from the Kremlin "sheer folly."

Vedomosti's sources, which included two people in Onexim Group, an acquaintance of Prokhorov and someone who had received an offer to buy several assets, did not say whether Onexim's decision to sell up was linked to the searches in April.

Onexim was not immediately available for comment to Reuters outside business hours.

Sources told Reuters in June that Prokhorov was preparing to sell his stake in Quadra.

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