The Russian Embassy in Paris asked the Monaco authorities to clarify the reason for the detention of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. About this reports TASS with reference to the head of the press service of the Russian diplomatic mission Sergei Parinov.
“So far no official information has been received from the authorities of the principality, as well as appeals from Dmitry Rybolovlev or his lawyers to the Russian embassy and consular offices,” the diplomat said.
Earlier in the Russian Consulate General in Marseilles, RBC reported that they did not receive data on Rybolovlev.
The fact that the Russian businessman was detained at the request of the prosecutor's office of Monaco, reported the newspaper Le Monde. The publication noted that the apartment of the entrepreneur in a residential complex in Monte Carlo were searched. According to the newspaper, against the Russian billionaire opened an investigation into the facts of "corruption and trafficking influence."
A RBC source familiar with the situation reported that Rybolovlev was summoned on the afternoon of November 6 for questioning by the Monaco Prosecutor’s Office; this was done at the request of the judicial investigator. After that, the billionaire did not leave the department. Rybolovlev’s lawyers, Hervé Temim and Tom Ghakkardi, reported to RBC that they regret violating the secrecy of the investigation, which was evidenced by the appearance in the media of the detention of the billionaire.
According to Forbes, Dmitry Rybolovlev ranks 18th in the ranking of 200 richest businessmen in Russia, he owns a fortune of $ 6.8 billion.