At the same time, the businessman said that he feels much safer in London
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The former co-owner of Evroset Yevgeny Chichvarkin, who emigrated from Moscow to London in 2009, complained of espionage. In an interview with the New York Times, the businessman said that he was “under the hood” of Russian special services shortly after moving to the UK capital.
Moved to London, Russians are alarmed by the fact that even in the British capital are under close surveillance of the Kremlin, writes New York Times .
The article states that agents of the Russian special services are monitoring those who were connected with President Vladimir Putin and those who opposed him.
One of the interlocutors of the publication, entrepreneur Yevgeny Chichvarkin, said that he noticed the spying on himself soon after moving to the United Kingdom’s capital: two or three people stood for several hours 90 meters from the entrance to his house.
Getting closer, Chichvarkin noticed that “spies” are sloshing seeds, and this habit, NYT notes, is characteristic of “for the inhabitants of the Russian remote places.” “Stirlitz has arrived,” Chichvarkin commented on the appearance of the “guests”, hinting at the hero of the movie “Seventeen Moments of Spring”.
However, the former owner of Euroset admits that in the British capital, in any case, feels more secure than in Moscow. According to Chichvarkin, in the UK, representatives of Russian special services are limited in their actions. “In Moscow, they can use weapons,” the businessman believes.
In 2008, Evgeny Chichvarkin sold Euroset to Alexander Mamut and later left Russia. After moving to London, the businessman was accused of kidnapping and extortion. The criminal case against Chichvarkin was closed in 2011, but he still does not want to return to his homeland. Now the businessman owns the wine shop Hedonism Wines in London.