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Besides Baumgertner, an invitation to visit Minsk was sent to Arkady Dvorkovich.
Kommersant (Russia) has learnt it from a source close to Uralkali.
According to a source, the top manager arrived in Minsk at the invitation of Mikhail Miasnikovich received on August 23. The same invitations were sent to Uralkali's biggest shareholder Suleyman Kerimov, chairman of the company's board of directors Alexander Voloshin and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. Kerimov and Voloshin didn't come due to a “tight schedule”, the source says. Representatives of Dvorkovich, Kerimov and Voloshin declined to give comments.
Uralkali CEO and chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Belarusian Potash Company (BPC) Vladislav Baumgertner was detained in Minsk on Monday. He is suspected of abuse of power (part 3 of article 424 of the Criminal Code) and may face up to 10 years in prison. Other people involved in the case are top managers of Uralkali and BPC, including BPC supervisory board member and Uralkali's director for sales and marketing Oleg Petrov, BPC first deputy director general Konstantin Solodovnikov, deputy director general for finance Igor Yevstratov, head of the freight department at BPC Dmitry Samoilov. The Belarusian Investigation Committee launched a probe against Uralkali's shareholder Suleyman Kerimov, Russia's 20th-richest person with a fortune of $7.1bn.
Most experts believe the initiative to arrest Vladislav Baumgertner comes from the Belarusian ruler.
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