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Thursday, 27 January, 2000, 16:58 GMT
Arrest warrant for Yeltsin aide

The Kremlin: Scandalous restoration The Kremlin: Scandalous restoration


The Swiss authorities have confirmed that they have issued an international arrest warrant for a close associate of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin on money laundering charges.

The accused, Pavel Borodin, was the Kremlin's head of administration and its property chief until Vladimir Putin took over as acting president in mid-January.

He has since then been working as the state secretary for the new union between Russia and Belarus.

Pavel Borodin: Wanted by the Swiss Pavel Borodin: Wanted by the Swiss


An examining magistrate of the Geneva court which issued the warrant said the summons was prepared at the end of last year to cover countries that Mr Borodin is likely to visit.

A copy of the warrant is believed to have been sent to the international police network, Interpol.

Bribery and money-laundering charges

The charges relate to allegations that Mr Borodin had taken bribes for construction contracts, including renovation work on buildings at the Kremlin in Moscow.

The bribes are alleged to have been paid by a Swiss-based construction company Mabetex.

Mr Borodin denied any wrongdoing last year when Russian officials began their own inquiry into the affair.


The law permits other means to examine a person
Mr Borodin's lawyer


The Kremlin and Mabetex have also denied any wrongdoing in the affair

His lawyers in Geneva have protested against the arrest warrant.

"The law permits other means to examine a person. Pavel Borodin has never been interviewed. He has not had an opportunity to provide explanations," one lawyer said.

Swiss police sources have indicated that, once the arrest warrant has been issued, the suspect risks arrest in any western country for extradition to Switzerland.

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