Uralkali CEO already in Moscow pre-trial detention center - official

Russian Federal Penitentiary Institutions Service (FSIN) spokeswoman Kristina Belousova has confirmed that potash miner Uralkali (MOEX: URKA) CEO Vladislav Baumgertner, who arrived from Belarus last night, has already been placed in a pre-trial detention center in Moscow.

Russian Federal Penitentiary Institutions Service (FSIN) spokeswoman Kristina Belousova has confirmed that potash miner Uralkali CEO Vladislav Baumgertner, who arrived from Belarus last night, has already been placed in a pre-trial detention center in Moscow.

"Today Baumgertner was extradited to Russia and was placed in one of the pre-trial detention facilities in Moscow," she said.

A source familiar with the situation told Interfax earlier that Baumgertner's airplane had landed at Domodedovo Airport outside Moscow.

"The plane landed at the airport at 1:00 a.m., strictly on schedule. FSIN officers convoyed Baumgertner to one of the remand centers in the capital," the source said.

The time of Baumgertner's arrival, as well as the airport where his airplane was supposed to land were not disclosed earlier in order to avoid unwanted publicity, he said.

Baumgertner's legal team hopes to be able to meet with the Uralkali CEO on Friday.

"I can already confirm that Baumgertner is in Moscow. We hope to meet him today," lawyer Alexei Basistov told Interfax.

Basistov declined to name Moscow's pre-trial detention facility where Baumgertner is being held.

The information available to Interfax suggests that it is the Lefortovo remand center. Baumgertner was detained in Minsk on August 26 and a criminal case was opened on charges of abuse of office.

In October, Moscow's Basmanny District Court issued an arrest warrant for Baumgertner, who faces abuse of office charges in Russia, in absentia.

A request seeking the Uralkali CEO's extradition in order to prosecute him on Russian territory was forwarded to representatives of the Belarusian Prosecutor General's Office during bilateral consultations on October 22.

The decision concerning Baumgertner's extradition was made by the Belarusian authorities on November 20.

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