Fugitive tycoon Polonsky awaits extradition in Cambodian jail

Businessman Sergei Polonsky, detained by the Cambodian authorities on November 11 upon the request of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, is in a migration prison and awaits extradition to Russia, Polonsky's lawyer Karabanov said.

Businessman Sergei Polonsky, detained by the Cambodian authorities on November 11 upon the request of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, is in a migration prison and awaits extradition to Russia, Polonsky's lawyer Karabanov said.

"Sergei has no contact with his local lawyer, the latter is not permitted to the detention facility, where, according to our information, Sergei is," Karabanov told Interfax on Tuesday.

According to the attorney, local law enforcement authorities do not allow lawyers to see Polonsky because the businessman has seriously compromised a police chief.

"This looks more like an attempt to get even," Karabanov said.

Polonsky's defense waits for his extradition to Russia and then "we will begin talks with the Interior Ministry's investigative department," he said.

The Russian businessman was detained in Cambodia on November 11.

In the coming days Russia and Cambodia should begin to prepare documents to extradite Polonsky to Russia, a source familiar with the matter has told Interfax. "This could take 20 days," the source said.

On June 14 the Russian Interior Ministry's investigative department charged Polonsky in absentia over the case related to fraud when building a residential housing complex. According to the investigators' information, the suspect "embezzled over 5.7 billion rubles from interest holders in the construction of the Kutuzovskaya Milya residential complex." Over 80 citizens have been deemed affected by Polonsky's actions.

Moscow's Tverskoi Court later sanctioned placing Polonsky under arrest in absentia. The businessman's picture and personal information have recently been posted on the Interpol website.

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