Mikhail Abyzov, a former Russian minister, was sentenced by a Moscow court to 12 years in a maximum-security penal colony, Radio Svoboda reported.
Abyzov, who comes from the Kremlin liberal community, was one of the closest associates of the former president and prime minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. In his team, he was responsible for “open government”, i.e. the advisory platform that developed the cabinet’s economic strategy.
He pleads not guilty
Abyzov was detained by the Federal Security Service (FSB) in 2019 on charges of embezzlement of funds from energy companies.
The former minister held high positions in large energy and mining companies, and was also a member of the management board of the Russian energy giant RAO UES. He was on the Forbes magazine’s list of the richest Russians, and his fortune before his arrest was estimated at $600 million.
Abyzov pleaded not guilty and called the indictment “an arbitrary essay on the Criminal Code.”
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