Financial Crime Financial Crime

Russian oligarch Aven sees UK freezing order ruling sent back to lower court

By Martin Coyle and Phoebe Seers
  • 19 Oct 2022 15:33
  • 19 Oct 2022 15:33
The UK National Crime Agency’s bid to overturn a court ruling that allowed a sanctioned Russian oligarch to access hundreds of thousands of pounds of frozen money to pay household expenses was today sent back to a lower court.

Petr Aven, the former head of Russia’s largest commercial Bank, Alfa-Bank, faced

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Martin Coyle

Senior Correspondent

Martin Coyle is a senior correspondent, based in MLex's London office, reporting daily on bribery and corruption issues in the UK and Europe. Previously he was a senior editor at Thomson Reuters where he covered anti-money laundering, financial crime and regulatory enforcement issues. Prior to that he was editor of The Accountant, the world's oldest accounting publication, and International Accounting Bulletin, a bi-monthly business journal owned by Lafferty.

Phoebe Seers


Phoebe has covered Financial Crime and compliance issues for MLex since 2015, initially in the Hong Kong bureau and currently in London. While in Hong Kong she won two SOPA awards for her reporting on corruption in the energy sector in Indonesia. Prior to journalism she worked as a solicitor with a focus on white-collar crime litigation in London and Hong Kong. She has a BA in English and Philosophy from Newcastle University.

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