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Greece Refuses to Extradite Russian Tycoon

A Greek court refused to extradite business mogul Vladimir Gusinsky on Tuesday, ruling that the fraud charges brought by Russian prosecutors would not constitute a crime under Greek law. The decision was the third time in a month that Russian prosecutors have lost an extradition battle in their continuing pursuit of tycoons at odds with the Kremlin. It also made Greece the fourth European country in the last 2 1/2 years to reject a high-profile extradition request by Moscow. “I’m very happy that it’s over,” Gusinsky said in a telephone interview hours after the court hearing. Gusinsky, who holds Russian and Israeli passports, was arrested on a three-year-old extradition request on Aug. 23 after landing at the Athens airport for a visit. He said he planned to leave Greece Tuesday night for Tel Aviv and would soon return to the United States, where he has lived much of the time since fleeing Russia in 2000. Full Story

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