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Adamov (left) faces corruption charges in Russia (file photo) (epa) 30 December 2005 -- Switzerland today extradited Russia's former Atomic Energy Minister Yevgenii Adamov to Moscow to face corruption charges.


The Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement that Adamov left Zurich late today on a chartered Russian plane.


A Swiss court ruled yesterday that Adamov be extradited to Russia rather than the United States.


U.S. Justice Department officials accuse him of diverting up to $9 million from funds intended to improve Russian nuclear security into private projects in the United States, Ukraine, and Russia.


Adamov was arrested in May on a U.S. warrant while visiting the Swiss capital, Bern.


He was appointed atomic energy minister in 1998 but was dismissed in 2001 amid corruption allegations.


(Reuters)

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