French Police Detain Russian Billionaire Kerimov In Tax-Fraud Case

22 November, 2017, 18:34 | Author: Regina Silva
  • French Police Detain Russian Billionaire Kerimov In Tax-Fraud Case

His family controls Russia's largest gold producer Polyus.

On Wednesday, the Kremlin said Russian Federation will do its best to defend Kerimov's interests.

As previously reported, the member of the Federation Council was detained at the airport in Nice and taken to the police station upon the case of tax evasion. Polyus declined to comment.

Despite holding a diplomatic passport, the French official said: "That does not protect him from prosecution".

Russia's Foreign Ministry said that it has informed French authorities that Kerimov is a Russian senator with a diplomatic passport, and as such, entitled to immunity.

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"We have still not received from the French authorities any explanation of the reasons for the detention of our colleague", Kurbanov told parliament.

The Kremlin spokesman noted that the Russian Foreign Ministry is carrying out an intense effort in connection with the incident. The 51-year-old shot to global prominence after he bought Russian football club, Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011, buying start players such as Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto'o to play for his side.

Kerimov's fortune is estimated at $7.4 billion by Forbes magazine.

In March this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree giving Kerimov the state award "For Services to the Fatherland, second class" for his contribution to Russian parliamentary life. This would have enabled Kerimov to reduce the taxes owed to the French purse.

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