Yeltsin Son-In-Law’s Employee Denies Involvement in BNY Case

MOSCOW, Oct 6, (Itar-Tass) — A group of companies called Belka Trading said on Wednesday it had nothing to do with the Bank of New York scandal and denied media reports linking its employee Leonid Dyachenko, who happens to be President Boris Yeltsin’s son-in-law, to the probe into money laundering.

The group’s Moscow office issued a statement saying that media reports that Dyachenko has been subpoenaed to appear before the Grand Jury in New York “are not true”.

The group said that “never in its history” it or any of the affiliated companies “has done business with any state institutions” and noted that it has instructed its international lawyers to “take adequate measures” to protect its “good name”.

Belka Trading said it is a “large private trade organisation…, a 100 percent commercial enterprise” which has been operating since 1987. Its total trade turnover is more than 100 million U.S. dollars a year.

The group denied “attempts to link the group’s activity to the current political situation in Russia”.

Belka’s Moscow office said it is a “well known fact” that Dyachenko works in one of the group’s companies in Russia. It also said that Dyachenko has never headed a company which media reports identified as East Coast Petroleum.

 Source: Itar-Tass News Agency

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