French police arrests Russian billionaire lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov at Nice airport

Senior Russian lawmaker and businessman Suleiman Kerimov in a 2012 photo.

Senior Russian lawmaker and businessman Suleiman Kerimov was arrested by French police at Nice airport on Monday night in connection with a tax evasion case, an official at a French prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.

“He is being held for questioning in a case related to laundering of tax fraud proceeds,” an official at the prosecutor’s office said.

Kerimov is ranked by Forbes magazine as Russia’s 21st wealthiest businessman, with a net worth of $6.3 billion.

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