Vladimir Antonov extradition hearing adjourned until July

Vladimir Antonov Mr Antonov bought Portsmouth FC in June 2011

An extradition hearing for the Russian former owner of Portsmouth Football Club and his business partner has been adjourned for nearly six months.

Vladimir Antonov and Lithuanian Raimondas Baranauskas are charged with alleged asset stripping at Lithuanian bank Snoras.

Both men, former directors of the bank, deny any dishonesty.

The hearing has been adjourned until 8 July at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.


Vladimir Antonov is the co-owner of Convers Group, an investment company whose interests stretch from Russia to the Bahamas.

He fled to the UK after his father, Alexander, survived a murder attempt in Moscow in 2009.

While in the UK, Mr Antonov was determined to become as famous as his compatriot, Roman Abramovich, by buying a stake in Portsmouth FC, but was then forced to stand down as chairman.

The pair, who are fighting extradition, declined to comment after Monday's hearing. Their conditional bail was renewed.

Lithuanian authorities issued a European arrest warrant for the pair in November 2011 following a pre-trial hearing into the alleged multi-million fraud.

Mr Antonov, a London-based banker, bought Portsmouth Football Club in June 2011.

The 37-year-old was forced to stand down as chairman in November 2011 when his company Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) went into administration.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Hampshire & Isle of Wight



23 °C 16 °C

Features & Analysis

  • SyedTanks instead of toys

    Lyse Doucet on the plight of children in Syria and Gaza

  • Silhouette of manSuper-shy

    Why do Germany's super-rich so often keep their heads down?

  • Children playing in Seoul fountainDay in pictures

    The best news photos from around the world in the past 24 hours

  • Gin drinkerMother's ruin

    The time was gin was full of sulphuric acid and turpentine

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • EscaladeBling's the thing

    The ostentatious Cadillac Escalade cruises into 2015 with fuel-gulping gusto


  • The smartphones of shoppers being tracked in a storeClick Watch

    How free wi-fi can enable businesses to track our movements and learn more about us

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.