Ex-Telecom Tycoon Killed by Chekists?

The mother of Leonid Rozhetskin, Russian businessman who disappeared earlier from his villa near Riga, accuses the Russian secret services of killing her son. Elvira Rozhetskina told The Mail on Sunday that her son was about to reveal details about corruption in the Russian government.

Latvian police does not exclude the possibility that Russian agents were involved in Rozhetskin’s disappearance. Riga has turned to the Scotland Yard for help in the investigation. Traces of blood were found in Rozhetskin’s villa in the seaside resort of Jurmala.

Rozhetskin was implicated in a scandal over the ownership of a 25% stake in the Russian mobile phone operator, Megafon. A Bermuda-registered company, IPOC, which was linked to Russia’s Minister of ICT, Leonid Reiman, accused Rozhetskin of large-scale fraud.

The dispute surrounding ownership of Megafon pitted IPOC against Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Fridman’s Alfa Group. IPOC’s partner in Megafon was the Swedish-Finnish telecom group, TeliaSonera. The dispute has apparently since been settled.

Rozhetskin is co-owner of London’s City AM newspaper. Other shareholders include Derk Sauer, founder and former CEO of Independent Media Sanoma Magazines, which is part of the Finnish media group, SanomaWSOY.


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