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Berezovsky Sentenced To 13 Years

Boris Berezovsky in London in 2007
Boris Berezovsky in London in 2007
MOSCOW -- Fugitive former Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was convicted of embezzlement earlier this week, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The Krasnogorsk City Court in Moscow Oblast found Berezovsky guilty of stealing 58 million rubles ($1.8 million) from the AvtoVAZ and LogoVAZ automotive companies in the 1990s.

His associate, Yuly Dubsky, was sentenced to nine years.

The trial was held in absentia. Berezovsky has been residing in Great Britain since 2001 and has political asylum there.

In 2007, a Moscow court sentenced Berezovsky to six years in prison for embezzling $9 million from the Aeroflot state airline. That trial was also held in absentia.