Dean Standley, a British banker and President Vladimir Putin's close ally, was arrested and jailed by Russian special forces
Dean Standley, a British banker and President Vladimir Putin's close ally, was arrested and jailed by Russian special forces, The Mirror reported. The 43-year-old said that he was detained while on a visit to an immigration centre, where his passport was taken away.
He further said that some “very serious people” got him released.
Standley added that he was told the FSB, which is the Russian security serve, was behind his arrest but that was 'categorically a lie'. However, reports say that the FSB were acting on behalf of Interpol 'following a demand from Malta regarding a criminal investigation'.
It is reported that Standley is wanted by Interpol.
Dean Standley reportedly advised top Russian organisations on how to avoid Western sanctions. He also appeared in pro-war propaganda videos on Russian state TV. However, he was never arrested.
“My passport was taken from me in the immigration centre,” he said. “One hour later, four or five police, OMON took me from there in a van…. detained me, in police cells, in a police station," Dean Standley continued.
”And that's when I began contacting people that I know in Russia. I can't disclose who those people were. They helped me get out of there in the end, but after 12 hours. I was told that FSB were looking for me, which is categorically a lie. I know the FSB does not work with Interpol…even if [they] were looking for a murderer,” Standley added.
Standley has lived in Russia for 12 years. “Live in Moscow, Love Russia and work in Financial Economics, for and with Russia,” his bio reads. He worked in banks like - Alfa Bank, Russian Agricultural Bank, VTB and Gazprom.