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Russian tycoon Abramovich may sue agency over false report

by Aleksandras Budrys at 26/03/2013 11:31

Russian tycoon and FC Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may take legal action against RBC Media group which distributed on Monday an unconfirmed report on the businessman’s detention in the United States, Abramovich’s spokesman John Mann said.

A report that Abramovich was detained by the FBI was published by the RBC TV division on Monday and was immediately denied by Mann. The FBI did not confirm the report either. But shares of companies owned by Abramovich experienced a sharp drop on exchanges after the report. Abramovich co-owns Evraz (steel producer), Raspadskaya (coal), and several other mining company stakes.

"Of course, we will not leave it as it is,” Mann said. “But now the most important thing is to convey the denial to the media so that everyone understands this is not true.”

Mann added that he expected an explanation from RBC and could discuss a possible action against the company with Abramovich closer to the evening because of the time difference with the United States.

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