MISSING former Hearts supremo Vladimir Romanov has surfaced in Moscow, where it is claimed he told a reporter he lied about a health scare to avoid prosecution.
A warrant has been issued for the ex-Tynecastle boss to return to his home country of Lithuania to face prosecution for non-payment of debts relating to the collapse of his bank.
Romanov was last seen in Russia, where he was reportedly receiving treatment in hospital for a stroke. His disappearance coincided with the club being placed into administration.
He was recently seen at basketball matches in Moscow, and has boasted about escaping prosecution. Nadezhda Perepekova, a reporter for Russian news agency RIA, said: “He said his health was OK and it was just an excuse to get out of Lithuania because the bank went bankrupt.”