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Cherney Faces Travel Problems

Published: January 19, 2010 (Issue # 1540)



  • A woman walks past the company logos of United Company RusAl at a news conference in Hong Kong last week.
    Photo: Reuters

MOSCOW Businessman Michael Cherney has been restricted from traveling abroad after an international warrant was issued for his arrest on accusations of money laundering and participating in organized crime.

Cherney, also known as Mikhail Chernoi, said the accusations were engineered by Oleg Deripaska, whom he is suing in London for a stake in United Company RusAl.

Information that an international warrant was issued for Cherneys arrest was posted on Interpols web site, and the order was given by a Spanish court. The businessman has been implicated in a case involving the laundering of 4 million euros ($5.8 million) through the Russian mafia.

The Spanish court issued the order for his arrest in May, and Spanish prosecutors asked their British counterparts to arrest and extradite Cherney from London to Spain. But British authorities released him after interrogation, El Mundo newspaper reported. In October, the newspaper reported that Spanish police were interested in Deripaskas possible connection to the case.

Why are you just now deciding to write that theres an international warrant out for me? Ive been on the Interpol list since summer because of the Spanish case, Cherney said, adding that it was probably representatives of Deripaska who alerted reporters to the warrant in order to distract the media from another issue.

On Jan. 13, a Tel Aviv court passed down a ruling in a suit brought by Cherney against several Israeli citizens who, according to Cherney, falsified data for the investigation in Spain.

One of the defendants admitted that Deripaska himself ordered the collection of information that was the basis for the criminal case against me in Spain, Cherney said. But Deripaska dug himself into a hole in the course of the case, the Spanish prosecutor accused Deripaska of the same thing as me! The Spaniards think that were both bosses in the Izmailovsky gang but that Im higher up, and that with the advance Deripaska gave me for part of RusAl I bought some real estate in Spain and, in doing so, laundered the money. Im sure the next warrant will be issued for Deripaska.

A Deripaska representative dismissed the notion that there was any connection between Deripaska and Cherneys problems. Deripaska doesnt have, never had and cannot have any relationship with him, the representative said. His statement about Deripaskas connection to illegal data collection is also false and absurd.

Representatives of the Spanish court and prosecutors office did not respond to a Vedomosti request for comment.

Cherney said the fact that there is a warrant out for his arrest and that he has been forced to stay in Israel wont interfere with his suit against Deripaska in London.

Lawyers, on the whole, agree. If Cherney goes to London, he could be arrested, but Cherneys lawyers could petition the court to allow him to testify via video link, said Valery Tutykhin, a partner at John Tiner & Partners.

A staff member at the London High Court said cases using teleconferencing were relatively common, but it is up to the judge as to whether it will be allowed. Requests for video links are sometimes denied, but the threat of arrest could count as a good enough reason to justify such a measure, said Sergei Sokolov, a partner at Marks & Sokolov.

Cherney is seeking $3 billion in compensation from Deripaska for a stake in RusAl that he sold in 2001.





 


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Thursday, July 31


Develop your leadership abilities during a lecture by famous Russian author and coach Radislav Gandapas. The event starts at 9 a.m. at 5 Lodeinopolskaya Ulitsa. The price for entry is 20,500 rubles ($570).


Relax and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with some romantic and laidback jazz tunes during the Night of French Music at Lenny Jam Cafe, 63 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 250 rubles ($7).


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Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


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Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


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Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldnt miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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