Monday, 7 December 2009

Ein Reich, ein volk, ein Merc

Reports in Germany claim that a Russian billionaire has bagged an extra trophy from World War 2 - paying several million Euros for Adolf Hitler's original Mercedes.
The story in the tabloid paper Express quoted Dusseldorf vintage car-dealer Michael Froelich, who reportedly faced a moral dilemma after being asked to track down the fascist dictator's dark-blue 770 K model.
"I was really torn," he said. "After all, this was about the car of a horrible mass murderer."
However, according to AP, he found the car - perhaps encouraged by a fee somewhere between 4 million and 10 million euros from the unnamed Russian businessman.
Russia acknowledges faults in Magnitsky case Alexander Smirnov, the deputy director of the prison service, has acknowledged "visible violations" in the treatment of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in custody on November 16.
Smirnov was quoted in Russian media saying: " We are not going to minimise our guilt in any way - it is definitely there."
The investigative committee of the prosecutor general's office has started a probe on the orders of president Dmitry Medvedev.
Magnitsky, a lawyer, was arrested last year on tax evasion charges during an investigation into Hermitage Capital, a leading hedge fund.
Before his death he claimed he had been denied medical treatment for gallbladder stones, calculous cholecystitis and pancreatitis.

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