Monday, July 8, 2013

Fugitive Moscow Region Minister Arrested in France

The fugitive former finance minister of the Moscow region, Alexey Kuznetsov, has been detained by police in the town of Toulon in southern France, according to police sources. Agence France Press reports that the Russian ex-official has been on Interpol’s wanted list since November 2012. Earlier, Russian law enforcement offcials told Itar-Tass that Kuzentsov, 50, had been detained in southern France and was pending extradition. In Russia he is suspected of committing offenses in the housing and utilities sector of the Moscow region, and causing damage worth over 3.5 billion rubles to the regional budget.

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