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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

1995 Banker Poisoning Case Is Sent to Court

Moscow prosecutors sent to court on Friday the case against a suspect accused of poisoning a prominent banker more than a decade ago, in what was one of the most notorious killings of the turbulent 1990s.

Ivan Kivelidi, who died in August 1995 from apparent nerve toxins, headed Rosbiznesbank, as well as what was then the country's influential business organization, the Russian Business Roundtable. His secretary also died of poisoning.

Investigators detained his former partner, Vladimir Khutsishvili, shortly after the death, but then released him and he went into hiding. Prosecutors charged Khutsishvili with murder some years after the killing and he was arrested in Moscow last year.

The Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement Friday that murder and other charges against Khutsishvili had been sent to Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court. A court spokeswoman said preliminary hearings in the trial would be scheduled soon, Itar-Tass reported.

Prosecutors said a business dispute was likely the main motivation for the killing.

Contract killings and gangland-style murders were common in the 1990s. Such violence has become more rare now, although several high-profile killings and poisonings in recent months have raised fears of a return to violence.