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Prosecutors Charge Former Russian Senator With Murder

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)

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