A prominent Russian billionaire businessman who was said by a magazine to have been accused of murder and to be guilty of fraud has accepted a libel payout and apology at the High Court.
Mr Justice Eady was told there was no truth in the allegations against Boris Berezovsky which appeared in Eurobusiness.
His solicitor, Andrew Stephenson, also told the judge the article had referred to Berezovsky, who is now living as a refugee in the UK, as being Jewish and a “non-native” Russian. In fact, he is Russian and hopes to return there one day, the judge was told.
Stephenson said the article in Eurobusiness appeared under the heading “The Age of the Robber Barons” and alleged that Berezovsky, was currently “exiled in the UK” accused of murdering Liberal Russia party leader Sergei Yuschenkov.
He said the magazine now accepted there was no foundation in either of the allegations.