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 Assests of VTB Bank and Putin's propagansits Russia Today and TASS arrested in France

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VTB Head Andrey Kostin announced the arrest of Russian accounts, including state ones, in a subsidiary of the state bank.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing Gazeta.ru.

He spoke of arrest concerning Russian companies and diplomatic missions in the French branch of VTB Bank. Kostin said that subsequently the diplomatic missions' accounts were deblocked.

"By morning they have been deblocked, but the problem had existed. The amounts are not significant, tens of thousands EUR. Diplomatic missions' accounts were deblocked instantly, accounts of Russian companies are still frozen. We have involved lawyers to solve the problem," Kostin said.

Later, it became known that the French officers seized accounts of the Russia Today international news agency branch in France. This was stated by RT's chief editor Margarita Simonyan, RIA Novosti reports.

"The arrest was imposed on our account in France. As to other countries, after the situation in France the company made sure to take measures to ensure the work of radio and online broadcasting," Simonyan said.

According to Gazeta.ru, the property of the Russian news agency TASS in Belgium and France was also arrested. The press office of the agency confirmed the arrest without providing details.

"Regarding this issue we are working within the framework of the general policy of the state," the press service of the agency noted.

As reported by Echo of Moscow, presidential adviser Andrey Belousov informed that Russia would challenge the rulings on France and Belgium, for it considers them reasonably questionable.

Read more: Belgium seizes Russian state assets, presumably in Yukos lawsiut, - media

He noted that they have received several inquiries from French companies who did not know what to do in regards to implementation of these decisions.

According to Belousov, the situation in Belgium and France is politically charged to a huge extent.

As reported earlier, accounts of 47 Russian companies and organizations have been arrested in Belgium in connection with a $1.8 billion lawsuit filed by former shareholders of the now-defunct Russian oil firm Yukos.

 
 
 
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