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Businessman Sterligov released after talking to police — lawyer

August 31, 2015, 21:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Businessman German Sterligov was detained at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport upon his arrival from Yerevan, Armenia, on Monday evening
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German Sterligov

German Sterligov

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MOSCOW, August 31 /TASS/. Businessman German Sterligov who was detained at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport earlier on Monday has been released, his lawyer Artur Airapetov told TASS.

"Sterligov was released after talking to the law enforcers. He is fine," the lawyer said.

Businessman German Sterligov was detained at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport upon his arrival from Yerevan, Armenia, on Monday evening. According to Airapetov, his client stayed at the airport all the time after the detention.

He said Sterligov had been detained due to the fact that Azerbaijan had initiated criminal proceedings against the businessman and had put his name on the CIS inter-state wanted list.

The airport’s border guards told TASS that Sterligov was detained when crossing the Russian state border.

As it became known on July 28, Azerbaijan asked Interpol to put Sterligov on its international wanted list for the businessman’s activities in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian inhabited enclave in South Caucasus which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but is a de facto independent but unrecognized state that came into being after the 1994 Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Azerbaijan has initiated criminal proceedings against Sterligov on charges of making open anti-government calls and for illegal crossing of Azerbaijan’s state border (articles 281.2 and 318.2 of the Azerbaijani Penal Code, respectively).

On August 23, Airapetov said Interpol had stopped searching for Sterligov following a request from his defense lawyers and recognized that the businessman’s prosecution by Azerbaijan was politicized.

After that, Azerbaijan issued an inter-state warrant for Sterligov’s arrest in the territories of CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States) countries.

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