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Armenia

Armenian Businessman Detained In Russia Over Alleged Criminal Ties

By RFE/RL's Armenian Service

A wealthy Armenian businessman based in Russia has been detained over alleged links with a notorious Russian criminal gang, according to media reports.

The Rosbalt news agency said Levon Hayrapetian was detained at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on July 15 as he was returning from Monaco.

Hayrapetian, a native of Azerbaijan's Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region, is known for his investments and charity projects in that breakaway territory, including a grand wedding for 700 couples there in 2008.

He is believed to be one of the wealthiest Armenian businessmen in the world.

Rosbalt says he is suspected of having ties with a criminal gang led by Sergei Finagin, a notorious Russian crime figure.

Finagin's gang is alleged to have committed many contract killings and attempted assassinations in recent years.

Hayrapetian is to be formally charged in the next few days.

With reporting by Rosbalt

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