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Russian Billionaire Charged in France With Money Laundering

  • Kerimov required to post bail, surrender passport: prosecutor
  • Kremlin criticized Russian senator’s detention Monday in Nice
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Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian billionaire and senator, was charged with laundering money gained through tax fraud in Nice and prohibited from leaving the French region after being detained by authorities for two days.

Kerimov, whose family controls Russia’s biggest gold producer, Polyus PJSC, was required to surrender his passport and post 5 million euros ($5.9 million) in bail, Nice prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre said by phone Thursday. Polyus shares dropped to the lowest in a week in Moscow on Wednesday.