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Top Russian banker formally arrested in murder probe

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Top Russian banker formally arrested in murder probe


Judges in Moscow have formally approved the arrest of a former Russian banker accused of ordering the murder of the deputy governor of the country’s central bank. Alexei Frenkel is expected to be formally charged when he reappears in court on Wednesday. Police first took the 35-year-old into custody on Thursday. His lawyer, Igor Trunov, says no evidence has been presented. He also said he had not been able to see his client since a court appearance on Friday, and he is investigating claims Frenkel has been beaten in custody.

Deputy governor of the central bank Andrei Kozlov was shot dead in September last year. Authorities claim that three months earlier Kozlov had ordered that a private bank run by Frenkel be closed down. Frenkel has protested his innocence.

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