The former general director of Uralkali, Vladislav Baumgartner, has been released from house arrest on 15 million rubles' bail, sources in the Basmanny District Court of Moscow told Interfax on Wednesday.
"On September 1 this year, the court granted the investigator's request to release Baumgartner on 15 million rubles' bail," court spokeswoman Anna Fadeyeva told Interfax.
Thus, the ex-chief of Uralkali has been allowed to walk free, she said.
Baumgartner was arrested in Minsk in late summer of 2013. Belarusian investigators charged him with abuse of power and office (article 424 part 3 of the Belarusian Criminal Code).
On November 22, 2013, Baumgartner was extradited to Russia and placed in pre-trial detention facilities in Moscow. On December 10 he was placed under house arrest at the investigators' request. The house arrest was extended several times.
The Baumgarnter criminal case is being investigated by the Main Directorate of the Russian Investigative Office. He is charged under Article 33 part three and Article 201 part two of the Russian Criminal Code, namely, that "while holding a managerial position in a commercial organization, he used his powers against the interests of this organization and for the purpose of gaining benefit and advantage for himself and other individuals, leading to serious consequences."
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