Banker tells of assassination bid

The wealthy Russian banker gunned down outside his executive flat says he believes he knows who tried to kill him.

German Gorbuntsov, 45, was shot a number of times as he entered his block of flats near Canary Wharf, east London, on March 20.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, he claimed that four former business associates of his were behind the attack. He said they ordered his assassination after they found out he was about to give a formal witness statement about an attempt to murder another financier in Moscow in 2009.

The men named by Mr Gorbuntsov are understood to deny the claims and no arrests have been made over the attack.

He told the paper: "I believe that the assassination attack on me was organised by the same group of people that four years ago was behind a raid on my assets. The main argument, proving their involvement is this: they are the only ones with a serious motive. I simply have no one else who would want me to be dead."

Describing the shooting, Mr Gorbuntsov said he was entering the security code to get into his flat when he felt a "terrible sharp pain" in his stomach. "It was really painful, agonising. I was still conscious and calling out for help," he said.

Mr Gorbuntsov, who remains in a stable condition in hospital, said the attack had changed the way he felt about living in the capital. He said: "Life here made me relaxed, I felt safe. But there is no absolute security in London."

But he said he feared certain death if he returned to Russia.

Last Monday police released CCTV images of the gunman, who was described as white, 6ft and slim. He was wearing a dark hooded top and was seen running from Byng Street away from Westferry Road, towards Marsh Wall. Detectives discovered a gun, hooded top and bag near the scene.

Scotland Yard is liaising with Russian police for the first time on a major criminal inquiry since the diplomatic fallout over the death of dissident Alexander Litvinenko.