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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suspect in Yacht Case Freed

A Moscow court Wednesday freed a senior executive of the Burevestnik Yacht Club, leaving just one suspect in custody in a high-profile smuggling case.

Andrei Lomakin, a co-owner of Burevestnik and CEO of Aston Martin Moscow, was freed after unidentified people vouched for him.

"There were a lot of respectful people willing to vouch for Lomakin. I don't know which one was approved by the investigator," said Lomakin's lawyer, Vyacheslav Blinov, Interfax reported.

Another Burevestnik co-owner, Andrei Boiko, who was detained with Lomakin and seven other suspects on Sept. 2, was released after three unidentified people vouched for him late September.

Lomakin and Boiko are accused of evading at least 11.5 million rubles ($360,000) in taxes and customs duties on four yachts that they imported into Russia.

A Moscow court sanctioned the arrest of Lomakin, Boiko and four other people on smuggling charges Sept. 4. The remaining suspect in custody is customs official Vadim Timoshenkov, who investigators have said "consciously marked down prices" on the purportedly smuggled yachts.

A trial date has not been set.