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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Berezovsky Faces New Case

The Prosecutor General's Office said Monday that it had asked a Moscow court to issue an arrest warrant for businessman Boris Berezovsky in connection with a new criminal case against the outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin.

The previously unknown case, which dates back to the 1990s, comes as the Kremlin steps up its efforts to discredit Berezovsky, who has been granted political asylum by Britain.

The Prosecutor General's Office asked for Berezovsky's arrest on charges that he stole $13 million from the SBS-Agro banking giant. It also asked the court to seize Berezovsky's property in France. No details were provided.

Berezovsky's lawyer Semyon Aria said he was accused of using middlemen to take out a loan from the bank in 1997, which was used to acquire a villa in southern France and never repaid. Berezovsky rented the villa, which was subsequently sold to a British company, Aria said.

"One should note that Berezovsky never owned that property," Aria said. "It was not he who took the money, and he never signed any papers. He is accused of being the one who secretly inspired this."

A hearing on the prosecutors' request has been set for Aug. 7, Moscow City Court spokeswoman Anna Usacheva said.