• 19 January 2018
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France allows quick trip to Russia for Sen. Kerimov

The French authorities allowed Russian senator Suleyman Kerimov a short trip to Russia, AFP reported quoting the prosecutor of Nice, Jean-Michel Prêtre.

"Mr. Kerimov got permission from the investigating magistrate to make a brief trip to Russia to visit a close relative, a brother or a cousin. The permission to go to Russia and return to France was issued for a period from this Friday to Sunday, inclusive," the agency stated quoting the prosecutor.

Kerimov was detained in France last November. He is accused of tax evasion and money laundering. The French law enforcement authorities believe that the senator concealed €400 million from the tax authorities when buying five villas. Kerimov could have also illegally brought up to €750 million into the country.

The senator was released on bail, but forbidden to leave the Alpes-Maritimes department. The Federation Council asked to release Kerimov under the guarantee of court appearance. The hearing will not be held before the end of 2018.

Russiangate wrote an in-depth report about the Russian senator in December.

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