Reuters: 'Putin's banker' Pugachev files $10 bln claim against Russia
Sergei Pugachev, a tycoon once dubbed "Putin's banker" because of his influence in the Kremlin, has filed a claim against Russia for more than $10 billion after his business empire was carved up when he fell out of favor with President Vladimir Putin, Reuters reported.
The claim was filed on September 21 to be heard by in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, a source close to Pugachev told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Reuters said it was not possible to get an immediate response from the Russian government, which is seeking to arrest Pugachev for embezzlement and misappropriation of assets.
As UNIAN reported earlier, all Russian institutions in Belgium, except for those protected under diplomatic immunity, had been notified of the arrest of their property.
Oil company OJSC Yukos Universal Limited demanded the arrest of the property, as it "has serious concerns about the possibility of receiving payments due, in particular, because of the systematic failure of the Russian Federation to fulfill judgments handed down against it, and taking into account the attitude of the Russian Federation to the [court] decision."
As reported earlier, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Russia to pay Yukos EUR 1.866 billion in compensation for violations of the right to property committed against the company. The ECHR also ruled that Yukos be paid another EUR 300,000 in reimbursement of costs.