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According to a member of the Public Monitoring Commission, the investor detained by the Russian authorities does not want his case to be politicized
American investor Michael Calvey, who was detained by the Russian authorities on embezzlement charges, asked American diplomats not to speak publicly in his defense, because he does not want to politicize his case, a non-governmental organization official who visited him said on Tuesday..
The arrest of Calvey, founder of investment fund Baring Vostok, has escalated U.S.-Russian relations and sparked speculation that the U.S. may boycott the annual St. Petersburg Economic Forum, which will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin..
Calvey and several of his colleagues were detained on charges of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles. He himself denies these accusations.
Member of the Public Monitoring Commission Ivan Melnikov on Monday visited Calvi in prison. Melnikov said Calvey said he asked the visiting American diplomat not to draw public attention to his case. “
“He said that representatives of the consulate came to him, but he asked them not to do anything, because he didn’t want to politicize his case,” Melnikov said..
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