Decision to arrest Polonsky in absentia takes legal force

The Moscow City Court on Monday confirmed the arrest in absentia of businessman Sergei Polonsky, who is wanted in Russia on charges of fraud.

The Moscow City Court on Monday confirmed the arrest in absentia of businessman Sergei Polonsky, who is wanted in Russia on charges of fraud.

The court has declined an appeal contesting the ruling issued by the Tverskoi court filed by Diana Tatosova, a lawyer for Polonsky.

The decision on Polonsky's arrest in absentia has taken legal force.

Polonsky was in jail in Cambodia from December 31, 2012, to April 3, 2013, being accused of violence against, and illegal confinement of, Cambodian sailors. He faced three years in prison, but his defense was able to strike a deal with his victims, who withdrew their suit when Polonsky compensated them financially.

The businessman gave his written pledge not to leave Cambodia, but the criminal case against him was not closed. However, he left Cambodia, and, after visiting Switzerland and Luxembourg, resurfaced in Israel, where he sought Israeli citizenship.

On June 14, Russian authorities charged him in absentia as part of an investigation into alleged fraudulent off-plan sales of apartments in a development in Moscow. Polonsky is accused of stealing more than 5.7 billion rubles from over 80 people who were buying homes in the future Kutuzovskaya Mile development.

The Moscow Tverskoi Court later ruled to arrest Polonsky in absentia. In the course of the legal proceedings, it became known that Polonsky had been put on the international wanted persons list.

On August 17, a source close to Polonsky told Interfax the businessman had returned to Cambodia and intends to stay there over the next several months.

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