Russia tycoon's son dies in 'crash'

Victim's father quit as head of oil firm Russneft in July alleging state pressure.

    Gutseriyev left Russneft after a Kremlin-friendly oligarch expressed interest in buying the firm [AP]
    Father bullied
     
    The dead man's father accused the Russian government in July of "unprecedented bullying" after Russneft received demands for $800m in back-tax.
     
    Mikhail Gutseriyev, whose personal wealth has been estimated at $3bn, was accused of tax evasion and illegal business activities and courts seized some of his property.
     
    Gutseriyev resigned from the presidency of Russneft on July 30, blaming state pressure, after an investment vehicle controlled by Oleg Deripaska, a Kremlin-friendly oligarch, filed for permission to buy the company.
     
    Statement changed
     
    Gutseriyev later replaced his statement attacking the government with another one saying he was happy to sell to Deripaska.
     
    The Kommersant business newspaper said the circumstances of the death were mysterious.
     
    It said saying Moscow police had no record of a crash involving him, ambulance services received no call-out requests and hospitals had no record of treating him.
     
    A Russneft spokesman and police declined comment on the Kommersant report.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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