Kremlin comments on senator's detention in France

Posted November 24, 2017

"The status of a senator and the fact that he [Kerimov] is a Russian citizen are a guarantee that we will certainly make every effort to defend his legal interests", the spokesman stressed. Russian Federation will continue its work to protect senator Suleiman Kerimov, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

The source added Kerimov would be held in custody for at least another 24 hours.

The representative of the Federation Council, the head of the Committee for global Affairs Konstantin Kosachev has informed that Russia will stand up for the accused in France of Suleiman Kerimov. It was not immediately clear if a lawyer had been hired to represent Kerimov in France.

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Until previous year, Kerimov owned Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala football club, the BBC added.

Kerimov, whose fortune is estimated by Forbes to be $6.3 billion, was detained November 20 at the Nice Cote D'Azur International Airport.

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In March this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree giving Kerimov the state award "For Services to the Fatherland, second class" for his contribution to Russian parliamentary life.

A French judicial source said Kerimov faces accusations of purchasing several luxury homes on the French Riviera using shell companies, which would have enabled him to reduce his tax obligations to France.

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