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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chigirinsky Lawyers Submit Evidence for Baturina Claim

Defense lawyers for beleaguered businessman Shalva Chigirinsky submitted documents to a London High Court on Wednesday they say show billionaire Yelena Baturina, the head of Inteko, as the owner of a 50 percent stake in Sibir Energy.

The documents, a copy of which was obtained by The Moscow Times, include a signed Contract of Mandate between persons identified as Yelena Baturina and Chalva Tchigirinsky that gives Baturina a 50 percent stake in a firm called Rossini. Chigirinsky’s lawyers claim that Rossini owned a 50 percent stake in Sibir Energy through a chain of offshore companies.

The businessman’s former partner, Igor Kesayev, is suing Chigirinsky for his 23 percent stake in Sibir Energy. By presenting the documents, Chigirinsky’s lawyers are trying to show that the stake, in fact, belongs to Baturina.

Maitland, a corporate communications company representing Chigirinsky, said they had no comments and referred to the documents, which they sent to The Moscow Times. When asked about Chigirinsky’s whereabouts, a Maitland spokesperson only said the businessman was “not in Russia.”

Representatives for Inteko would not comment on the case, saying in a statement that Baturina’s position would be laid out in a suit that she is preparing against Chigirinsky.

He has “for the past three months, distracted the London High Court with scandalous claims and the presentation of various documents,” the company said.