Montenegro authorities have arrested a Russian billionaire pursued by Moscow for his alleged role in two murders, according to media reports, as well as his lawyer.
And local media reported that Telman Ismailov, who was born in Azerbaijan, was arrested in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, under an international arrest warrant issued by Russia.
His lawyer, Milos Voxanovic, said a court in Podgorica had ordered Ismailov to be detained pending extradition.
He added that before Ismailov’s arrest, he was seeking political asylum in Montenegro, where his son owns a nightclub in the coastal town of Budva.
According to local media reports, Russia suspects that Ismailov paid $2 million to kill two Moscow businessmen in 2016.
Ismayilov had previously angered Russian President Vladimir Putin, after building a huge shopping complex in Moscow that did not adhere to hygiene standards, and its stores contained counterfeit goods.
Later, when he opened a luxury hotel in Turkey with great fanfare in May 2009, he again angered Putin, who in one of his words touched on counterfeiting goods.
Ismailov left Russia after the Russian authorities closed his commercial complex there.
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