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German Gorbuntsov was shot by a man armed with a sub-machine gun as he entered a block of flats in Byng Street, Isle of Dogs, on Tuesday. The Metropolitan Police are treating the shooting as attempted murder. The suspect is a white male who ran off along Westferry Road. Mr Gorbuntsov is said to be critical but stable and is being kept under armed guard.
The banker was himself at one point investigated as possible ringleader but never charged. The same Chechen gang was found guilty in Russia of assassinating Ruslan Yamadayev, part of a clan rivaling powerful Kremlin-backed ruler of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. He was shot dead four years ago close to the British Embassy in Moscow. Mr Gorbuntsov is also on Moldova's wanted list over allegations of an illegal bank takeover and embezzlement. He denies any wrongdoing. But the businessman's lawyer Vadim Vedenin linked the London attack to the Moscow case. Gorbuntsov has previously said: 'If I go back to Russia, they will kill me'. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...
The Russian newspaper Kommersant refers to the banker’s lawyer, Vadim Vedenin, who believes it may have a connection with the attempted murder of another Russian banker and the head of the Converse Group, Aleksandr Antonov. The businessman was attacked in Moscow on March 11, 2009, by three ethnic Chechens. Gorbuntsov was a witness in that case, and Vedenin assumes his testimony to Russia’s Investigative Committee against his former partners may have become the reason for the attack