POLICE hunting the attacker of a wealthy Russian banker shot in a suspected assassination bid have appealed for a taxi driver to come forward.
The cabbie took German Gorbuntsov home shortly before he was shot and may have been in the area when the crime took place.
Mr Gorbuntsov remains critical but stable in hospital after he was shot several times as he entered his apartment near Canary Wharf in east London.
Scotland Yard has said it is too early to speculate on Russian reports that the attack could be linked to a bid to murder banker Alexander Antonov in Moscow.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said the taxi picked up the victim in the City of London around 7pm before dropping him in Byng Street just before 7.30pm.
The spokesman added: "Officers are now keen to speak with the driver as they may have been in the area when the shooting took place."
The guman was said to be white, 6ft tall and of slim build. The victim, in his 40s, previously owned banks in Russia and Moldova, according to Russian media.
Police would not confirm Russian reports that the attacker had used a sub-machine gun and officers would not say where Mr Gorbuntsov is being treated, but a source said he was under armed guard.
Russia’s Kommersant newspaper quoted Mr Gorbuntsov’s lawyer, Vadim Vedenin, as saying his client had submitted evidence to police probing the attack on Mr Antonov in 2009.
Three Chechen men were convicted of attempted murder in the case and given long jail sentences in 2010.