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Russian embassy in Belarus waits for answer to plea for release of Uralkali CEO

September 10, 2013, 0:57 UTC+3

The timeframe for the consideration of the appeal expired past Friday

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Vadim Rymakov

Photo ITAR-TASS/Vadim Rymakov

MINSK, September 10 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian embassy in Belarus has not yet received a notification from the Belarusian Prosecutor-General’s Office about the results of the consideration of the plea for the release from custody of the Uralkali CEO Vladislav Baumgertner.

“We have not yet received the answer to our plea for the release in the established procedure of Vladislav Baumgertner detained in Minsk on August 26. We are waiting for the answer,” Vladimir Marchukov, counselor of the Russian embassy, told Itar-Tass on Monday. He noted that the timeframe for the consideration of the appeal expired past Friday.

On August 27, Russian Ambassador to Minsk Alexander Surikov met with chiefs of the Belarusian Prosecutor-General’s Office. The conversation that lasted for 20 minutes focused on the matter of release of the Uralkali CEO from custody. The ambassador was told that the petition would be considered in the procedure stipulated by law and that the embassy would be notified of the results.

Marchukov said there had yet been no requests from the Uralkali CEO held in the investigation ward of the State Security Committee for more meetings with Russian diplomats in Minsk.

Baumgertner’s Belarusian lawyers are going to complain on Monday to the Minsk city court against the September 6 decision of the Partizansky district court of Minsk under which their client remained in custody.

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