Russian businessman Suleyman Kerimov, a member of Russia’s Federation Council was detained in Nice, France, TASS reported with reference to the press service of the Russian Embassy in France.
"Suleyman Kerimov was detained late in the evening of November 20 at Nice airport. He was transferred to the police station," the diplomatic mission announced.
The French have not officially reported any charges or allegations against Kerimov. The Russian Senator is currently in police custody in Nice. However, Russia Today cited the French Prosecutor’s Office as linking Kerimov to tax evasion.
A few months ago, it was reported that Kerimov’s villa in France was searched. No reasons were given but persistent rumors circulated that this could be related to some real estate transactions.
Kerimov and members of his family control the Nafta Moskva investment company and Russia’s largest gold producer, Polyus, as well as Makhachkala airport. He is ranked by Forbes magazine as Russia’s 21st wealthiest businessman with a net worth of $6.3 billion. Since 2008, Kerimov has represented the Republic of Dagestan in the Federation Council of Russia.