Vladimir Ashurkov

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Vladimir Ashurkov
Владимир Ашурков
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Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation
Personal details
Born
Vladimir Lvovich Ashurkov

(1972-02-15) 15 February 1972 (age 49)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyRussia of the Future
Spouse(s)Aleksandrina Markvo
Alma materMoscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Vladimir Lvovich Ashurkov (Russian: Владимир Львович Ашурков; born 15 February 1972) is a Russian political figure and the Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation. A former banker, Ashurkov was the Director of Group Portfolio Management and Control at Alfa Group Consortium from 2006 to 2012, when he was asked to step down due to his political involvement with Alexei Navalny.[1] He was also on the board of the X5 Retail Group during this time.[2]

In 2014, a Investigative Committee of Russia panel accused Ashurkov of embezzling funds from Alexei Navalny's 2013 Moscow mayoral campaign, after which he sought and was granted political asylum in the UK, claiming the allegations were politically motivated.[3] Both Ashurkov and Navalny claim that the allegations are unfounded.[4]

After relocating, Ashurkov organised bus tours for activists and journalists, similar to Roman Borisovich's "Kleptocrats Tour", "to show the tsarist opulence of the Russian oligarchy in London." He does this, says Ashurkov, according to the Stuttgarter Zeitung, to alert the British authorities to dirty money, as for example in Witanhurst owned by Andrei Guryev. Ashurkov advises the British government to dispense with the "dirty money", even though, according to Benjamin Plackett of Stutgarter Zeitung, the "intertwining of Russian wealth with the British economy" complicates the policy.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russian protest fund manager looks to elite for cash". Reuters. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  2. ^ nzz.ch
  3. ^ Alec Luhn (April 2015). "Russian opposition activist Vladimir Ashurkov is granted asylum in UK". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  4. ^ "Russia launches fraud case against supporter of Putin critic Navalny". Reuters. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  5. ^ Stuttgarter Zeitung, Stuttgart Germany. "Super-rich in London: bus tour to oligarchs". Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  6. ^ "Неутомимый оптимист".