MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has opened a criminal investigation into the chief executive of potash producer Uralkali, Vladislav Baumgertner, and will request his extradition from Belarus, investigators said on Monday.
Belarus detained Baumgertner during a visit to Minsk in late August, about a month after Uralkali caused a row between Russia and Belarus when it unexpectedly pulled out of a sales cartel with a partner in Belarus.
Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement that it had opened a criminal case on suspicion of abuse of power.
Uralkali declined to comment.
(Reporting by Polina Devitt and Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel and Steve Gutterman)
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