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POSTED | 12:09 PM | 17-05-2015

Cambodia deports fugitive Russian tycoon

Cambodia on Sunday (17 May 2015) deported a fugitive Russian tycoon who was living illegally in the Southeast Asian country after he was accused of embezzling $175 million in his homeland.

Accompanied by Russian authorities, Sergei Polonsky was put on a flight to Moscow via Vietnam early Sunday morning, immigration official Ouk Hey Sela told the Associated Press.

Polonsky was arrested Friday in the southern Cambodian coastal town of Sihanoukville, where authorities said he had been living for two years with an expired visa.

The real estate tycoon was charged in Russia in June 2013 with embezzling more than 5.7 billion rubles ($175 million) from 80 property investors.

Cambodian police had first arrested him in November 2013 after he was added to Interpol’s “red list” of top fugitives, but released him on bail a few months later based on a preliminary ruling against his extradition.

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