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Polonsky Leaves Israel After Moscow Court Indictment

Sergei Polonsky talks at a press conference in April 2012.
Controversial Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky, who was indicted in absentia by a Moscow court this week, has left Israel.

Polonsky's lawyer, Diana Tatosova, said on August 16 that her client left the country because of "personal safety issues."

She did not say where Polonsky went and declined to comment on reports that Israel had refused Polonsky's citizenship application.

Polonsky faces arrest if he returns to Russia, where he is accused of being involved in an embezzlement scheme.

Polonsky is well-known for his eccentric public statements and actions in recent years.

In 2011, he made headlines after prominent media magnate Aleksandr Lebedev punched him during a television program.

Last year, Polonsky and two associates were arrested in Cambodia and charged with beating sailors.

Polonsky spent three months in detention there and later fled to Israel.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS