Moscow expects U.S. to free TENAM head from custody pending trial

Russia expects that Russian citizen Vadim Mikerin, the head of TENAM Corporation, a U.S. subsidiary of the Russian nuclear fuel and nuclear fuel cycle technology exporting company Techsnabexport (TENEX), who was recently arrested in the U.S., will be freed pending trial, Russian Foreign Ministry human rights commissioner Konstantin Dolgov said.

Russia expects that Russian citizen Vadim Mikerin, the head of TENAM Corporation, a U.S. subsidiary of the Russian nuclear fuel and nuclear fuel cycle technology exporting company Techsnabexport (TENEX), who was recently arrested in the U.S., will be freed pending trial, Russian Foreign Ministry human rights commissioner Konstantin Dolgov said.

"We are seeking this, but it's difficult to predict the result so far," Dolgov told Interfax on Wednesday.

Russian consular workers will be present at preliminary hearings at a U.S. court on Thursday, he said.

Mikerin was recently detained in a Washington D.C. suburb. He was accused of accepting $1.7 million in bribes from three U.S. defendants in exchange for securing contracts for uranium supply by TENEX worth $33 million. If found guilty, Mikerin faces up to 20 years in prison.

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