Uralkali CEO will be airlifted to Russia in case of his extradition - source

Potash miner Uralkali CEO Vladislav Baumgertner will most likely be flown back to Russia in the event of a positive decision concerning his extradition, a source in Belarusian law enforcement agencies told Interfax on Friday.

"This person's extradition will follow the same procedure as in the case of other foreigners. He will most likely be transported to Russia by air," he said.

"No special procedures will be applied to him if a decision on his extradition is made," the source said.

"The Belarusian side will turn him over to the Russian side. It is a routine procedure," he said.

The source, however, did not rule out that Baumgertner might be prohibited from entering Belarus in the future.

"As a rule, all foreigners subject to extradition are banned from entering the territory of Belarus for a period of five to ten years after their release from prison or within the framework of their extradition," the source said.

Baumgertner was detained in Minsk on August 26. A criminal inquiry was opened against him.

Belarusian Prosecutor General Alexander Konyuk said on November 14 he believed that Baumgertner's extradition to Russia was possible.

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