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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gusinsky Wants to Return to Russia

Former tycoon Vladimir Gusinsky would like to return to Russia and do business here if the government allowed him, he told an Israeli newspaper.

“I was born in that country. I speak the Russian language. I haven’t been exiled and I still see Russia as my country,” Gusinsky said in an interview with The Marker, Interfax reported.

“I knew [Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin before he was president, and respected him very much. He was a proper person and did much good,” Gusinsky said. “I don’t think anything has changed.”

Gusinsky was jailed in 2001 on suspicion of defrauding the state out of $10 million. He was later allowed to leave the country after agreeing to pass control over NTV television to Gazprom.