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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tycoon's Daughter Charged




ST. PETERSBURG -- Police said Thursday that they were unlikely to press for a jail sentence for Yelizaveta Berezovskaya, daughter of tycoon-cum-politician Boris Berezovsky, who was detained in St. Petersburg last Saturday for cocaine possession.


Police chief Anatoly Ponidelko told Interfax that Berezovskaya, 27, would be released with only a fine despite carrying a quantity of narcotics punishable by up to three years in prison.


He said that Berezovskaya was being treated leniently because she had handed the cocaine to police officers voluntarily.


Police said they detained Berezovskaya last Saturday outside the Griboyedov nightclub after she admitted to possessing drugs.


Tatyana Fyodorova, head of the city police press center, said Berezovskaya had 0.25 grams of cocaine in her possession, but was released the next day on the condition that she not leave the city.


She confirmed, however, that Berezovskaya, a Cambridge University graduate and now a Moscow-based artist, has been charged with possessing a large quantity of drugs. She also said Berezovskaya's criminal case has been passed on to the courts.


Berezovskaya is now "somewhere in St. Petersburg," Fyodorova added. She could not be located Thursday, however.


Her father has not officially commented on her arrest.


Under Russia's tough new drug law, in effect since April of this year, anything over 0.01 grams of any drug is considered a "large quantity," possession of which can be punished by a prison sentence of up to three years.


The Kommersant Daily newspaper reported that Berezovskaya is to be defended by a team of five lawyers, who have already said the charges against their client are unlikelyto stand up in court.