According To Reports From Spain, The Prosecutor General's Office Of The Russian Federation Has Issued A New Warrant For International Search And Detention Of Vladimir Gusinsky On Charges Of Laundering Capitals

Spanish news agencies and electronic mass media reported on Monday evening that the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation had sent to Interpol a new international warrant for search and detention of Vladimir Gusinsky. This time, the media magnate is accused, apart from fraud charges, of laundering capitals which he had received illegally. In the Spanish judicial quarters the RIA Novosti correspondent was told that prior to new accusations against Gusinsky the National Court in Madrid on Monday confirmed its rejection to extradite the media magnate at the request of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office. However, the laundering capitals charge is considered very seriously in Spain. In that country an especially heightened attention is paid to combating laundering capitals. In particular, the Spaniards are especially dissatisfied with the laundering of money in Gibraltar, which, in their opinion, does a serious damage to their country's economic interests. The actions of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office evoked a strong reaction on the part of Vladimir Gusinsky. Late in the evening on Monday, in an interview given to the Spanish Europa Press News Agency, he asserted that since the Russian Prosecutor General's Office did not file the laundering money charge earlier, "it does not enough evidence," he believes. At the same time, in an interview given to the newspaper El Pais, which was published on Sunday, Gusinsky, asked whether he transferred his capitals to the off-shore Gibraltar zone, evaded a direct answer but admitted that he had there several companies and added that this was a generally accepted practice in the world business. Apart from that, the media magnate stated to the newspaper that he intended to go to Israel on Tuesday, because he did not feel safe in Spain and thinks that he might be arrested again. In Gusinsky's residence in the Spanish province of Cadiz, when the RIA Novosti correspondent asked whether Vladimir Gusinsky can give an interview, he was told that his was at home.

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