Up to 30 armed men in masks this morning raided the Moscow bank controlled by Alexander Lebedev – the owner of The Independent and the London Evening Standard.
After fearing that Lebedev had been arrested, Artyomov has since told the Guardian that the Russian billionaire was now “holding negotiations” with Russian police, who are carrying out a search of the building – which is believed to be home to several other businesses.
“He isn’t arrested. They (the police) have something they want to do in our bank. We have people with masks and guns here,” he told the Guardian.