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Brazil Issues Arrest Warrant For Russian Tycoon


Russian media say a court in Brazil has issued an arrest warrant for Russian business tycoon Boris Berezovsky on charges of money laundering.

A federal court in Brazil is reported to have issued the warrant Thursday for Berezovsky, who is living in political exile in London. He is suspected of laundering money through a business called Media Sports Investment group, which funds a soccer team.

In a separate case taking place in Moscow, a trial of Berezovsky in absentia began Thursday. He is accused of embezzling millions of dollars from Aeroflot airlines. The trial began after a two-week postponement so his court-appointed attorney could study the case. Berezovsky, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has said the trial is politically motivated.

Russia has sought Berezovsky's extradition from Britain, but Britain has refused.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.