Well-known tycoon, Head of Interros Holding Vladimir Potanin was interrogated in the Office of General Public Prosecutor on April 28, Echo of Moscow reported.
After the interrogation the oligarch was allegedly let go, and he immediately left Russia.
The Office of General Public Prosecutor and Interros Holding did not confirm the information of the arrest of Vladimir Potanin who also controls Norilsk Nickel company.
President of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Arkady Volsky also said in an Echo of Moscow interview that the information of the arrest of Vladimir Potanin was not true, “This is false information. He is far away, abroad”. There is information that Vladimir Potanin is staying in Israel and is not going to return to Russia. However, Interros Holding reported that Mr. Potanin is in Moscow.
The rate of shares of Norilsky Nickel company dropped. After the arrest of YUKOS company executives traders became very nervous about information of this kind, and they are ready to believe that even the businessman being so close to the Kremlin as Mr. Potanin, could be arrested. After the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Mr. Potanin was among the first to speak that big business should be socially responsible and communicate with medium-sized and small businesses as well.