MOSCOW, April 3 - RAPSI. The inheritance of the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who died in late March in London, will be seized if found in Russia, Federal Bailiff Service head Artur Parfenchikov told the Prime business news agency on Wednesday.
"If such property is found on Russian territory ... we will apprehend it," he said. "We cannot do this outside of Russia." He added that Russia's judicial position on the issue has yet to be formally worked out. "We are defining this position at the moment," he said.
The service earlier reported that Moscow bailiffs had attempted to collect some 3.3 billion rubles from Berezovsky, including funds for Russia's air carrier Aeroflot. Now, these debts may be inherited by the businessman's relatives.
Russian law-enforcers maintained hope to make Berezovsky pay over RUB 60 billion ($2 billion), which he allegedly embezzled from AvtoVAZ, Russias largest car manufacturer. In June 2009, a court handed down a 13-year sentence to Berezovsky and Yuly Dubov, who has also found refuge in the UK. Berezovsky has been granted political asylum in the UK. The Russian authorities have repeatedly requested his extradition, but Britain has not acceded to their request.