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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Charges Adamov With Fraud

Russian prosecutors have charged former Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov with fraud and abuse of power, Kommersant reported Friday.

Moscow wants Adamov extradited to Russia, rather than to the United States, where he faces up to 60 years in prison on charges of embezzling funds for improving Russian nuclear security.

Adamov was detained in Switzerland earlier this month on a U.S. extradition warrant. Russia has filed a rival extradition request and said Adamov should face trial here -- a move observers say is motivated by fears of Russian nuclear secrets falling into U.S. hands.

The Prosecutor General's Office on May 14 obtained a Moscow court order sanctioning Adamov's arrest, Kommersant reported. The U.S charges against Adamov carry a penalty of up to 60 years in prison and $1.75 million in fines. In Russia, fraud and abuse of power carry a maximum 10-year sentence.