Sasha Varlamov accepts sentence

No appeal was filed by Varlamov's lawyers, Senior Aide to Minsk City Prosecutor Siarhei Balashou told BelaPAN.

On July 23 Varlamov was given a sentence of five years but permitted to serve it at home, while being required to visit a police station daily, and was freed in the courtroom. The court also ruled to confiscate all of Varlamov's property and banned him from taking managerial jobs for two years.

The top fashion designer and model agency director was convicted of fraud on a large scale, embezzlement and tax evasion. The office abuse charges were dropped.

The two years and two months he had spent behind bars while under investigation were counted towards his sentence term. Valrlamov now has to complete only eight months of "house arrest".

Alexander Varlamov is formerly the director of Sasha Varlamov's model agency and former director of Universum models agency and former deputy chairman of Fashion Mill festival organizing committee and deputy head of Youth Fashion Center at Belarus State University. The loss incurred by Varlamov amounts to over Br1.2 billion, according to the court ruling.