MOSCOW -- The Russian Prosecutor-General's Office has issued a search and arrest order for Duma Deputy Ashot Yegiazarian for alleged financial crimes, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
The spokesman of the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor-General's Office, Vladimir Markin, told journalists today that Yegiazarian was wanted for large-scale fraud.
On November 3, Russia's State Duma stripped Yegiazarian of his parliamentary immunity. It had earlier agreed that the Investigative Committee should launch a criminal case against him.
Yegiazarian, 45, has sent a letter to the investigators stating that he is in the United States and not intending to return to Russia because of fears for his safety.
A Moscow city court today also impounded the shares of several companies controlled by Yegiazarian. Police raided his offices on November 8.
A Duma deputy since 1999, Yegiazarian is currently a member of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia.
He headed the Moscow National Bank in 1993 and has been a top official in several other financial institutions since then.Read more in Russian here