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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gusinsky Invites Prosecutors to Israel

Vladimir Gusinsky told prosecutors on Friday that he refused to come to Russia for questioning on allegations of hiding company assets, and invited them to Israel instead.

Prosecutors have alleged that the Media-MOST chief shifted assets abroad to avoid having them seized in a debt dispute with the state-owned gas giant, Gazprom.

Media-MOST says the case is part of official pressure to force Gusinsky to give up control of Media-MOST.

"He [Gusinsky] does not believe he has guarantees of security on Russian territory and he has said that he is ready to testify at any convenient time to the prosecutors in Israel," Media-MOST spokesman Dmitry Ostalsky said.

He said a letter to this effect had been sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office. It was the second time in recent weeks he has refused to appear before prosecutors.

Gusinsky holds Russian and Israeli citizenship.