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”.
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