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Russia seeks to seize assets in Serbia allegedly owned by late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky

Serbian authorities say Moscow has demanded the seizure of assets in Serbia allegedly belonging to the late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky.

Acting on the Russian demand, a Serbian court in July froze the assets of several Serbian-based enterprises allegedly partly owned by Berezovsky, which were valued at about $270 million.

But an appeals court said Thursday it has annulled the decision by the High Court. It has returned the case for a re-trial on the grounds that it has not provided evidence about ownership ties between Berezovsky and the companies in Serbia.

Berezovsky, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was granted asylum in Britain in 2000. He was found dead in the bathroom of his London home last March.