“I would in no way linked it (the criminal case. —) with the pressure on . No pressure is,” said Sands, answering the request of journalists to comment on a criminal case of fraud in the company “Byte-Telecom, in which the media holding until September 2014 was share of 75%.
“But if in respect of any of the companies carried out investigations, the questions should be addressed to the Ministry or to the investigating authorities, which carry out these investigative actions”, — said the press Secretary of the President in the course of communication with journalists, the correspondent .
Peskov also asked whether President Vladimir Putin in recent weeks meeting with Mikhail Prokhorov. “I am not aware of such meeting, and, most likely, such a meeting was not” — said Peskov.
The day before, on may 11, RNS news Agency reported that the Metropolitan Directorate of the interior Ministry on 29 April at the request of the former shareholder “Byte-Telecom” Alexander Panov has filed a criminal case of fraud. Later, the Agency published a copy of the notice of initiation, in which it was reported that the case was initiated on the fact of theft 25% “Byte-Telecom”. Later GSU Moscow Department of internal Affairs confirmed the institution of criminal proceedings on fraud in the former structure .
As said later on Wednesday a press-the Secretary Yegor Timofeyev, the deal to sell 75% of shares of “Byte-Telecom” was implemented in September 2014, in full compliance with the law. Timofeev noted. what the lawyers are studying the possibility of filing a claim to Rambler News Service and Alexander Panov in connection with the publication of unverified and false information that discredits business reputation of the company and its employees.