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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Volkov May Be Removed From Aeroflot Case

Boris Berezovsky?s Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday that investigator Nikolai Volkov will soon be removed from the Aeroflot embezzlement case, in which Berezovsky had at one point been accused of diverting funds through Swiss-based companies Forus and Andava. The charges against him have been dropped.

The Prosecutor General?s Office and Volkov himself said Wednesday that Volkov continues to work on the case.

According to the newspaper, Deputy Prosecutor General Vasily Kolmogorov said at a closed-door meeting Monday that the Aeroflot case will be taken over by another investigator, Valery Popov, because Volkov has to concentrate on a case against top officials in the State Statistics Committee.

Another reason cited by Kommersant for Volkov?s removal is that he "talks too much." In particular, he said on a recent trip to Switzerland, where he received documents on Andava and Forus, that he will "discuss" with his bosses whether a separate investigation should be opened into the alleged misappropriation of a $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan in 1998.

Volkov said Wednesday he has not heard about plans to remove him from the Aeroflot case. "As for the future, ask my bosses," he said by telephone.

Leonid Berres, who wrote the Kommersant story, said the newspaper had verified its information from several sources and stands by its story.