Russia opens case against Uralkali CEO, seeks extradition


MOSCOW, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Russia has opened a criminalinvestigation into the chief executive of potash producerUralkali, Vladislav Baumgertner, and will request hisextradition from Belarus, investigators said on Monday.

Belarus detained Baumgertner during a visit to Minsk in lateAugust, about a month after Uralkali caused a row between Russiaand Belarus when it unexpectedly pulled out of a sales cartelwith a partner in Belarus.

Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement that ithad opened a criminal case on suspicion of abuse of power.

Uralkali declined to comment.

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