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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Borodin Moved to Hospital

NEW YORK - A former Kremlin aide being held in a U.S. jail on Swiss money laundering charges has been moved to a hospital to be treated for chest pains, sources familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

But Russian officials complained to U.S. authorities Tuesday that they were not told soon enough about the condition of Pavel Borodin, 54, who was arrested in New York in January at the request of Swiss prosecutors who want him extradited to Switzerland.

Borodin was moved to an unidentified hospital Monday. It was not known how long he would be treated.

The Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow, which has been pressing the United States to release Borodin, said he "was moved to hospital amid complete secrecy and the Russian officials and his lawyers were not informed for quite some time."

"Only after insistent appeals were they informed about P.P. Borodin's whereabouts and allowed to meet him," the ministry added. "The Russian side expresses its concern and hopes that U.S. authorities will not allow such actions in future."

In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the Russians were informed when U.S. authorities learned about the hospital transfer and that Russian consular officials have regular access to him.

Boucher said the Russians have complained that a court denied Borodin bail last week but the United States answered that this issue was purely a matter for the courts.


A spokeswoman for the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center where Borodin has been held, declined to comment. Spokeswoman Linda Thomas said she would need Borodin's written permission to discuss any medical issues.

Borodin's attorney Barry Kingham also declined comment.

The Russian official once headed the Kremlin's vast property empire and his latest job was the secretary of a nebulous political union between Russia and Belarus.

He has denied the Swiss charges of money laundering while in his Kremlin job and said he was ready to face Swiss prosecutors if freed. Several requests by Borodin's lawyers to free him on bail have been rejected by a U.S. federal magistrate in Brooklyn.

But Boucher said: "He can waive the extradition proceedings at any time and agree to go to Switzerland ... to face his charges. But he has not pursued those options, and that's why he remains in detention in the United States."

Russian officials have until recently avoided strong statements in the Borodin case, saying it was up to the U.S. court to make the final decision.

However, on Saturday the U.S. ambassador to Moscow was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, which expressed Moscow's regrets that U.S. magistrate Viktor Pohorelsky had thrown out the bail request by Borodin's lawyers.

"Serious concern was voiced that the 'Borodin's case' is turning fast from a legal into a political affair, which could have a negative impact on Russian-U.S. relations," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Saturday.