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Russia: Moscow concerned over Belarus arrest

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 26 August 2013
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia: Moscow concerned over Belarus arrest, 26 August 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/521f46da7.html [accessed 26 July 2016]
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Last updated (GMT/UTC): 26.08.2013 18:48

Uralkali head Vladislav Baumgertner (file photo)Uralkali head Vladislav Baumgertner (file photo)

Russia is expressing concern over the arrest in Belarus of Vladislav Baumgertner, the general director of Russia's Uralkali potash-producing giant.

Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said in Moscow that his government considered the detention an unfriendly gesture.

A Belarusian Investigative Committee spokesman told journalists on August 26 that Baumgertner had been charged with abuse of office.

Four of his associates, who are also suspected of abuse of office, have been added to a wanted list by Belarus.

Baumgertner could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

Baumgertner was the chairman of the Belarusian Potash Company (BKK), a now-defunct joint venture between Uralkali and a Belarusian potash firm, Belaruskali.

Baumgernter announced that Uralkali was leaving BKK in July, which led to a sharp drop in share prices for potash companies around the world.

Uralkali's press service confirmed to RFE/RL that Baumgertner was arrested in Minsk after meeting with the Belarusian prime minister, but refused to comment further.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and RFE/RL's Belarus Service

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