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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Adamov Seeks U.S. Apology

Former Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov said Friday that a U.S. court ruling had vindicated him of charges of stealing $9 million, and he demanded an apology from the United States.

A Pittsburgh court on Thursday sentenced Adamov's former associate Mark Kaushansky to 15 months in prison for tax evasion but cleared him of the charge of conspiring with Adamov to steal aid money meant to boost nuclear safety in Russia.

Adamov said the Americans responsible for the "baseless accusations" and his "illegal detention" had to be punished, and he said he wanted compensation for his legal expenses and for the damage to his reputation and business.

He said an agreement could be reached if the United States dropped charges against him.

"Otherwise a trial of Adamov vs. U.S. will be unavoidable," he said on Ekho Moskvy radio.

Adamov's lawyer in Russia, Genry Reznik, told the radio station that the U.S. ruling "completely rehabilitated" his client.

Reznik said the ruling was "transparent" and "could not be interpreted in two ways."

The U.S. charges against Adamov remain in place, said Margaret Philbin, spokeswoman for the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

But the former minister will not be tried in absentia, she said by telephone from Pittsburgh.

Adamov, 68, has given a written pledge not to leave Russia. He faces abuse of power and fraud charges in Russia, but the start of his trial has been postponed repeatedly.

Adamov was fired in 2001 by President Vladimir Putin and was later accused by a parliamentary committee of creating companies illegally.

He was arrested in Switzerland in May 2005 at the United States' request.

Russian authorities fought his extradition, and a Swiss court eventually returned Adamov to Russia.