MOSCOW, November 17 - RAPSI. Media reports that former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov plans to retain foreign counsel for representation in the Bank of Moscow case are "filthy lies," his attorney Henry Reznik told the Russian Legal Information agency (RAPSI) on Thursday.

Media quoted Reznik as saying that Luzhkov contemplated hiring foreign lawyers due to the large scope of materials in the Bank of Moscow case in which Luzhkov is a witness.

"I state it formally that these reports referring to me are filthy lies discrediting journalism," Reznik said.

The attorney emphasized that he discussed the large volume of case materials and the relevant difficulties, but he never said anything about plans to withdraw from the case, or Luzhkov's plans to retain a team of foreign lawyers.

Luzhkov was interrogated on Tuesday as part of the Bank of Moscow embezzlement case by the Investigative Committee. According to the committee, Luzhkov's wife Yelena Baturina was also summoned for interrogation on several occasions, but her company Inteco replied that she was abroad.