Police in Monaco arrested Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev, who owns football club AS Monaco, on Tuesday as part of an investigation into corruption and influence, the daily Le Monde reports.
Le Monde also said the police raided the luxurious La Belle Epoque residence of Rybolovlev in Monaco.
A Monaco judge has been investigating for over a year, whether Rybolovlev in his long-standing dispute with the Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier influence on the prison officers of Monaco.
Police in Monaco arrested Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev on Monday for questioning
The Russian claims that Bouvier betrayed him with $ 1 billion by overcharging him for 38 works of art bought over a ten-year period and suing his former art adviser in Monaco, Singapore and Switzerland. Bouvier has denied wrongdoing.
The prosecutor of Monaco confirmed to Reuters an operation in connection with the investigation, but declined whether Rybolovlev was interrogated by the police.
Asked about the Le Monde report, Rybolovlev's lawyers in Russia refused to ask if he was interviewed: "We demand that the presumption of innocence regarding Mr Rybolovlev be strictly respected."
Rybolovlev was detained as part of an investigation into the corruption and influence of households
All participants have denied wrongdoing.
The Russian businessman, who had made his fortune of several billion dollars through the sale of two Russian fertilizer manufacturers, bought in 2008 the property of Palm Beach in the US for about 100 million US dollars.
The survey of a person being examined is a standard procedure. Being investigated in Monaco is not synonymous with an indictment. It is the first step of an investigation.
Monaco lost on Tuesday night in the group stage of the Champions League 0-4 against Club Bruges
The feud between Rybolovlev and Bouvier prompted the resignation of Monaco's chief of justice in September after Le Monde wrote daily about links between Rybolovlev and Monegasque judicial officials.
Rybolovlev spent more than $ 2 billion between 2003 and 2014 on the purchase of 38 Bouvier masterpieces.
In 2017, Rybolovlev sold Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" Christ image for $ 450 million at an auction by Christie, making it the most expensive painting ever to be sold.
Ryboloblev also sued Sotheby's for $ 380 million because auction house Bouvier helped trick him. Sotheby's described the claim as "desperate" and without merit.
Monaco lost on Tuesday night in the group stage of the Champions League 0-4 against Club Bruges.
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