Russia court begins preliminary hearings in Berezovsky embezzlement case Michael Sung at 1:29 PM ET
[JURIST] A Moscow court Thursday initiated preliminary hearings for exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] who is accused of embezzling millions from Russian national airline Aeroflot [corporate website], granting Berezovsky's court-appointed lawyer a two-week postponement of further proceedings so that the defense can prepare for the case. Berezovsky, who has been residing in the UK since 2001 as a political refugee and who will be tried in absentia, has denied the allegations and refused to use his lawyers to represent himself, calling the charges politically motivated.
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