Moscow court sanctions arrest of Luzhkov’s brother-in-law

A Moscow court sanctioned on Wednesday the arrest of Viktor Baturin, the brother-in-law of former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, on charges of attempted fraud.

Baturin, who is already serving a suspended sentence, was detained in the Russian capital on Monday.

Investigators claim he demanded payment of 10.8 million rubles ($344,000) from his billionaire sister’s company Inteko under a fake promissory note.

In early June this year, Baturin, the brother of property construction tycoon Yelena Baturina, received a suspended three-year jail term for fraud. He was found guilty of selling one property in downtown Moscow to two men for $857,000 and $1.5 million within the space of one month in 2008.

The Presnensky district court also fined Baturin $10,800 in damages.


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