Pro-Russia Ukraine Oligarch Arrested in Austria

Austria has arrested the pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash at the request of the U.S., a move seen in Kiev as Washington putting pressure on Vladimir Putin over Moscow’s intervention in Crimea.

Mario Hejl, spokesman for Austria’s investigation bureau, said: “On the basis of years-long investigations by the American FBI and an arrest warrant of the U.S. federal court, the state prosecutor of Vienna issued a national arrest warrant against the businessman.”

The arrest took place on Wednesday without incident and Firtash, 48, is being held in the Austrian capital.

Austrian officials said that Firtash had been the subject of an FBI investigation since 2006.

Firtash’s Group DF holding company described his arrest as a “misunderstanding” that should be “resolved in the very near term”.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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