Sergei Ivanov: ex-Minister Skrynnik at the Prosecutor’s office of Switzerland no complaints


ST. PETERSBURG, November 2. The head of the presidential Administration of Russia Sergei Ivanov said that ex-Minister of agriculture of Russia Elena Skrynnik at the Prosecutor’s office of Switzerland no complaints, all claims to her former Deputy.

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“The Prosecutor General’s office of Switzerland claims specifically to Elena Skrynnik, there is a substantial claim and in respect to her Deputy, who has previously worked in the leasing company”, – Ivanov said to journalists. He said that against the former government employee “on it filed not only the Swiss Prosecutor’s office, but also Russian, its assets including Switzerland are identified and they are subject to arrest, there is an active cooperation between the two Prosecutor’s offices”, – he noted.

The investigation in Switzerland

As previously reported, the Federal Prosecutor’s office of Switzerland confirmed the information on arrest of accounts in connection with a legal investigation concerning the former Minister of agriculture of Russia Elena Skrynnik.

Thus, the Federal public Prosecutor’s office (PFO) of Switzerland confirmed that in the spring of 2013 was initiated a criminal procedure against the former Minister of agriculture of Russia and other persons on suspicion of money laundering (article 305 bis, paragraph 2 of the Swiss penal code); in this context, the FPE seized assets.

In Russian press it was reported that in Switzerland arrested bills Skrynnik in the amount of 60 million francs (about $61 million).

Elena Skrynnik, in turn, said that appeared in some media about the arrest of her accounts in Switzerland do not correspond to reality. “I refute. It’s just a complete lie – she said on air “Russian news service”. – I even such have no money”. The ex-Minister promised that her lawyers will be to understand why the media have such messages.