Russia to file new Polonsky extradition request with Cambodia

The Russian Interior Ministry Investigative Department has submitted a new request for the extradition of businessman Sergei Polonsky from Cambodia to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, the Interior Ministry press center told Interfax.

The Russian Interior Ministry Investigative Department has submitted a new request for the extradition of businessman Sergei Polonsky from Cambodia to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, the Interior Ministry press center told Interfax.

"The Interior Ministry Investigative Department has drawn up a new request for the extradition of the defendant to Russia due to the altered volume of accusations against S. Polonsky," the press center said.

The reason is that the Cambodian authorities have long been investigating the beating and illegal captivity of a ship crew by the businessman, the press center said. Hence, the Interior Ministry has decided to request the temporary extradition of the defendant to Russia for prosecuting him for crimes perpetrated in Russia.

The Interior Ministry said the relevant documents had been submitted to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office.

Polonsky was imprisoned in Cambodia from December 31, 2012, until April 3, 2013, on the counts of violence against local sailors. He was facing up to three years in prison but the defense team came to an agreement with the sailors, who did not press charges and received compensation from Polonsky. The businessman was released with travel restrictions but his case was not closed.

Russia charged Polonsky in absentia on June 14, 2013, with fraud in the construction of the Kutuzovskaya Milya apartment block. Detectives said Polonsky "stole more than 5.7 billion rubles from the Kutuzovskaya Milya shareholders". More than 80 citizens were recognized as injured parties. The Moscow Tverskoi Court ordered his arrest in absentia and it was announced at the court hearing that Polonsky had been put on the international most wanted list.

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office said on November 7 that it had filed a request for the extradition of Polonsky with the Cambodian police. Polonsky's detention in Cambodia became known on November 11. The extradition hearing was delayed repeatedly. The court finally held the extradition hearing on January 9, 2014, but its decision was not disclosed. The businessman's lawyer Alexander Karabanov said on January 13 that the Cambodian court did not find grounds for the extradition of Polonsky.

The Russian Interior Ministry press center told Interfax in late March that a new fraud charge had been brought against the businessman. "The Russian Interior Ministry Investigative Department took up the criminal case of embezzlement of 150 million rubles from Rublyovskaya Milya residential area shareholders in February 2014," the ministry said.

"It appeared that Sergei Polonsky embezzled the funds in 2008 through the Mirax-Build company of the Mirax-Group Corporation under his control," the press center said.

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