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28 Apr, 2012 17:50

Tycoon hunt: France strips Berezovsky of millions

France has frozen €13 million worth assets of exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky. The measure follows a request from Russian prosecutors, and was taken alongside other seizures throughout Europe.

Switzerland, Monaco, France and Ukraine have seized property and bank accounts of several individuals charged in high-profile cases in Russia, the country's Prosecutor General announced Saturday. The total amount of assets seized is estimated at €30 million euro. The office did not specify what of Berezovsky's property was seized, but said the Prosecutor General would report the details of the operation to the government at the end of May.Meanwhile, Berezovsky himself says he is not aware of any seizures or arrests.  “I don't know anything about my property being seized. [Prosecutors] were talking about my yacht being seized, but then it turned out the yacht was not mine,” he told Interfax.Moscow has issued multiple arrest warrants for the self-exiled tycoon, who now lives in London, and has repeatedly demanded his extradition from Britain.Russian courts accuse Berezovsky of embezzling $2 billion from two major state companies, as well as fraud and money-laundering.