MOSCOW, February 9 (RAPSI) - The Babushkinsky District Court of Moscow has received a motion requesting the arrest in absentia of Boris Berezovsky’s son-in-law and business partner in connection with the murder of a high-profile Russian businessman, RAPSI was told by the court press service.
The court will hear the motion on February 10.
The defendants are currently avoiding the investigation. Therefore, the trial will take place without them, with their interests being represented by their defense lawyers. Should the court issue an arrest warrant, the investigation may put them on the international wanted list.
Berezovsky’s son-in-law, Georgy Shuppe, and alleged accomplice, Mikhail Nekrich, are being charged in absentia with organizing the murder of Alexander Mineyev, founder of the Partiya store chain in January 2014, and fraud involving his property.
Mineyev, former owner of the Partiya stores, was killed in January 2014. Allegedly, the killer, sitting in a nearby car, shot almost an entire magazine into the businessman. The investigation found that the murder may have been organized by some of his employees.
Both the defendants are on the federal wanted list. As soon as their whereabouts are known, the Investigative Committee plans to put them on the international wanted list. The defendants have Swiss and Israeli citizenship, the Kommersant business newspaper reports.
In late December, one of the top managers of Mineyev’s company was also arrested as part of the case.