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Borodin investigation completed

Pavel Borodin is suspected of money laundering Keystone Archive

A magistrate in Geneva has finished a two-year inquiry against the former Kremlin aid, Pavel Borodin, who is suspected of money laundering.

The magistrate in charge of the investigation, Daniel Devaud, concluded that the case should move to trial. He transmitted Borodin’s file to Geneva’s top prosecutor, Bernard Bertossa.

“The judge has transferred the file to me and considers the investigation to be complete and I agree,” Bertossa said.

It is now up to the court to decide whether to prosecute Borodin. However, the date of the trial is uncertain, as Borodin’s lawyers are expected to file objections seeking more testimony to be heard.

The former Kremlin aid was arrested on a Swiss warrant on January 17 in the United States. After being flown to Switzerland in April, he was released on bail soon afterward.

Since then, Borodin has maintained his right to silence during several hearings held by Devaud. He has been charged with accepting about $30 million in bribes from Swiss contractors when he was Kremlin property manager under the former president, Boris Yeltsin – accusations which he denies.

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