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Russian Sought By U.S. Authorities Leaves Armenia For Moscow

A Russian man wanted by the United States for alleged money laundering and illegal arms sales has left Armenia after being briefly detained in Yerevan.

A lawyer for Sergei Mironov said on August 31 that Mirov had departed from Yerevan on a flight to Moscow.

Mironov was detained on August 26 at Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport at the request of the U.S. government.

But a court in Yerevan on August 29 dismissed a motion by Armenian prosecutors for Mironov to remain in custody to face proceedings for possible extradition to the United States.

An international arrest warrant issued by U.S. authorities in May 2016 charged Mironov with money laundering and illegally transferring military technology from the United States to an undisclosed foreign country.

Mironov is an employee at the Moscow office of Synesis, a company developing high-tech video surveillance and computer-based business intelligence.

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