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Berezovsky Assets Seized

Swiss law enforcement agencies have frozen 21 million Swiss francs ($24 million) in accounts of Forus Group linked to self-exiled businessman Boris Berezovsky, the Prosecutor General's Office said Friday.

The assets were seized over a fraud lawsuit filed against Berezovsky in Britain in April, prosecutors said in a statement. The businessman is accused of defrauding Aeroflot of $100 million.

Two yachts owned by Berezovsky worth $20 million were also seized, the statement said. It reported the confiscation of two yachts in February, but it was unclear whether Friday's statement referred to those vessels.

Berezovsky said he is not aware of any assets being seized and reiterated his belief that the fraud case was politically motivated.

(MT)

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