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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Frenkel Quizzed in New Probe

Alexei Frenkel, the banker who was charged in January with ordering the murder of the Central Bank's first deputy chairman Andrei Kozlov, was questioned as a witness in a separate case involving illegal banking activities and corruption, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Frenkel was questioned for seven hours Tuesday but was not charged with anything, said Igor Trunov, the banker's lawyer.

Alexei Mamontov, head of the Moscow International Currency Association, said the criminal case into Kozlov's murder was falling apart as investigations had failed to unearth any evidence linking Frenkel to Kozlov's murder, Kommersant reported Tuesday.

Prosecutors are seeking to concoct another case against the banker, Mamontov said.

"Kozlov was mentioned," but not in relation to the murder, Trunov said about Tuesday's questioning.

Trunov also said he agreed with Mamontov's explanation, suggesting that investigators are looking for grounds to keep Frenkel in custody. The jailed lawyer could be eligible for significant compensation if he were released without charge, Trunov said.

The interrogation will continue next Wednesday, by which time prosecutors may decide to name Frenkel as a suspect instead of a witness in the corruption investigation, Trunov said.

Interior Ministry investigative committee spokeswoman Irina Dudukina declined to comment Tuesday.