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Extradition of ex-minister under consideration

July 06, 2013, 12:48 UTC+3

From November 2012, Alexei Kuznetsov was on an international wanted list

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MOSCOW, July 6 (Itar-Tass) - Former first deputy prime minister and former finance minister of the Moscow Region Alexei Kuznetsov is detained in France at the request of Russia's law-enforcement authorities, a source at the Russian Interior Ministry's press centre told Itar-Tass.

Several forged passports were seized from Kuznetsov when he was detained.

His extradition to Russia is under consideration now, the ministry official said.

From November 2012, the ex-minister was on an international wanted list. In Russia, he is suspected of fraud, legalization of money obtained as a result of a crime and embezzlement.

Kuznetsov is suspected of committing a crime in the utilities sector of the Moscow Region, which resulted in damage estimated at more than 3.5 billion roubles to the regional budget.




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