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Russia sentences fugitive Kazakh banker Ablyazov in absentia to 15 years

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — A Russian court has sentenced Mukhtar Ablyazov, the fugitive former head of Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank and an opposition politician, to 15 years in prison in absentia on embezzlement charges he has denied, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reported.

The Moscow Tagansky District Court handed down the sentence on December 29 after finding him guilty in a criminal case regarding the alleged embezzlement of 58 billion rubles ($790 million) between 2006 and 2009.
Four other defendants, all former BTA Bank employees, were tried in absentia in the same case and received prison terms ranging between 10 years and 13 years.
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Source:: The Times of Central Asia