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Ex-Kremlin Official Reportedly Arrested

January 18, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A top aide to former Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin accused of accepting bribes on behalf of the ex-leader was arrested as he arrived in the United States, according to Russian news reports. Pavel P. Borodin, former chief of the Kremlin property department, was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on a warrant issued by Swiss prosecutors, who have been investigating Borodin for bribery and other corruption charges, the reports said. Swiss investigators have accused Borodin of accepting kickbacks from a Swiss construction company, Mabetex, in return for contracts to renovate Kremlin properties. Among the alleged kickbacks were credit cards issued to Yeltsin and his family members.

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