Russian don arrested in Moscow

January 26, 2008 1:18:48 PM PST
Police in Moscow have arrested a suspected international crime boss who has been linked to Russia's multibillion dollar natural gas industry.Semyon Mogilevich, a Ukrainian-born Russian citizen, has long been sought by the FBI. He was detained in Moscow late Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry's anti-organized crime unit says Mogilevich holds passports from several countries and has used 17 different aliases.

The arrest was made in connection with an investigation into an alleged tax evasion scheme by the owners of Arbat Prestige, a successful chain of Russian cosmetic stores.

Mogilevich is also wanted on U.S. charges stemming from a 2003 indictment in Philadelphia. He and an associate are accused of manipulating the stock of YBM Magnex, a company headquartered in Newtown, Bucks County.


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