Izmestev in court in Moscow on January 18 (ITAR-TASS)
January 24, 2007 -- Russian prosecutors have charged a former member of the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, with murder.
Igor Izmestev's lawyer, Vladimir Sementsov, said today the Prosecutor-General's Office is accusing his client of ordering the 2001 murder of the wife of a former business partner.
Izmestev was arrested on January 16 in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, where he arrived on a flight from Geneva.
He denies claims he was involved in murder and says he was "abducted" by Russian security services.
Izmestev, a representative of the Republic of Bashkortostan, resigned from the Federation Council amid allegations he was involved in dubious business activities. He denies those allegations.
(RIA Novosti, ITAR-TASS)