Alexander Lukashenko© RIA Novosti. Alexei Druzhinin
“They have reclassified the charge to embezzlement, I think,” Alexander Lukashenko said at a press conference in Minsk on Friday.
Vladislav Baumgertner was previously charged with abuse of power, which is punishable by up to a decade in jail, according to the Belarusian Criminal Code. The maximum penalty for embezzlement in Belarus is 12 years.
Baumgertner, a Russian citizen, was detained in the Belarusian capital in August and taken into custody, though he was later transferred to house arrest, also in Minsk.
Belarus also asked Interpol to issue an international arrest warrant – on suspicion on abuse of power – for Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, a major shareholder in Uralkali, though Interpol refused to do so."
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