Russia arrests Vladislav Baumgertner in absentia


The Investigatory Committee of Russia confirmed on Tuesday that Vladislav Baumgertner has been officially charged in absentia. Moreover, it happened back on October 16. The article is "abuse of official powers that led to complicated consequences", RIA Novosti reports.


Uralkali CEO Vladislav Baumgertner was detained on August 26 in the Minsk airport after meeting Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich. The Investigatory Committee of Belarus stated that the Uralkali head caused damage to the national interests of Belarus. Baumgertner is charged with power abuse. He faces up to 10 years in prison and property confiscation, if convicted. The Investigatory Committee said the damage was estimated at $100 million.

Baumgertner spent a month in a KGB prison in Minsk and then he was transferred to house arrest in Minsk. The materials of his case forwarded to Russia made 19 volumes.

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