Russia: ‘Titov's list’ — presidential hopeful wants runaway entrepreneurs to return

SOT, Andrey Kakovkin, Russian entrepreneur (Russian): «There is no business left, [because of] economic reasons and I could not deal with market conditions.» SOT, Boris Titov, Russian presidential candidate (Russian): «And the criminal proceedings, of course, should have influenced it.» SOT, Andrey Kakovkin, Russian entrepreneur (Russian): «Yes. I could not stage-manage my business to make it... Еще fit the Russian currency falling, oil prices falling. So I had to leave it.» Russian presidential candidate and Party of Growth leader Boris Titov met the first Russian entrepreneur from the so-called 'Titov list' to return to their homeland in Abrau-Dyurso in Krasnodar region on Sunday. Entrepreneur Andrey Kakovkin, who is undergoing a criminal trial in Russia, returned from London and met Titov shortly after his arrival. According to Kakovkin, nothing is left from his business in Russia. «I could not stage-manage my business to make it fit the Russian currency falling, oil prices falling,» he said. According to Kakovkin's attorney Aleksander Khurudzhi, there were some 'contrived reasons' for the criminal case. Titov said he hoped other Russian businessmen who left the country because of criminal trials would also come back. On February 3, 2018 in London, Titov met 40 self-exiled Russians and asked them to return to their homeland. On February 7, he released the so-called 'Titov list' which consisted of 16 entrepreneurs who had expressed their wish to return. Kakovkin was the first from the list to arrive back in Russia. At first he was detained, but released soon thereafter. Kakovkin stands accused of embezzling 10 million roubles (US $177,400).

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