Moscow to protect Russian senator detained in Nice

Moscow to protect Russian senator detained in Nice

Moscow will do its utmost to defend legal interests of Russian senator Suleiman Kerimov detained in France, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Kerimov sold Anzhi previous year.

According to Nice's public prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretr, French prosecutors have brought tax evasion and money laundering charges against the Russian lawmaker. Thursday, November 23, the court made a decision to release Karimov, if he will pay the bail of five million euros. A second person was also put under formal investigation. Polyus declined to comment.

Russia's state-run television reported that Kerimov had denied any guilt and that there had been no explanation about his detention. It was not immediately clear if a lawyer had been hired to represent Kerimov in France. However, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Kerimov's diplomatic immunity affects only his direct official powers.

Originally from the mainly Muslim Russian region of Dagestan, Kerimov built his lucrative natural resources business through a combination of debt, an appetite for risk, and political connections.

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In the past, he has held shares in the world's largest potash producer Uralkali and controlled Dagestani football club Anzhi Makhachkala but later sold most of his shares.

Forbes Magazine ranks Kerimov as Russia's 21st richest businessman with a fortune of Dollars 6.6 billion.

Suleiman Kerimov, one of Russia's richest men, was arrested late on Monday night in Nice.

The French authorities reportedly suspect him of purchasing real estate in the French Riviera through shell companies to avoid paying taxes.

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