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Lithuania Probes Ukio Bankas in Magnitsky Request, BNS Reports

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Lithuanian prosecutors are investigating claims that $13 million allegedly stemming from a Russian tax fraud may have been laundered through Ukio Bankas, the Baltic News Service reported, citing prosecutor Donatas Puzinas.

The probe was initiated in response to a request by investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, where deceased lawyer Sergei Magnitsky uncovered the alleged embezzlement, the newswire said. Prosecutors have temporarily frozen offshore accounts at Ukio containing 40,000 litas ($15,430), with only incoming payments allowed, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ott Ummelas in Tallinn at oummelas@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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