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Yerevan Court Reportedly Declines To Detain Russian Man Sought By U.S.

Russian news agencies are reporting that a court in the Armenian capital of Yerevan has dismissed a move to detain a Russian citizen on charges of money laundering and illegal arms sales by the United States.

The court dismissed a motion by Armenian prosecutors on August 29 that sought to detain Sergei Mironov, but the case for the U.S. extradition request is not yet closed, and will be settled within 40 days, Ruben Kirakosyan, President of the Russian-Armenian Bar Association, told RIA Novosti.

“Before that, Mironov will be in freedom, but will have to stay in Yerevan. He will not be allowed to leave the country until the issue is settled,” Kirakosyan said.

Mironov was detained at Yerevan's international airport on a U.S. government request on August 26 for alleged money laundering and illegal transfer of military technology from the United States to an undisclosed foreign country.

Mironov, an employee at the Moscow office of Synesis, a company developing intelligent video surveillance and business intelligence based on computer vision, was placed on an international wanted list by U.S. authorities in May 2016.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti, Sputnik, Public Radio of Armenia, TASS, Interfax, and RFE/RL Armenian Service