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Ukrainian tycoon said detained in Vienna on Spain's request

His detention is not connected with a court decision on his extradition to the USA.

Ukrainian tycoon said detained in Vienna on Spain's request
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Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash was detained in Vienna on 21 February.

The Vienna prosecutor's office told Deutsche Welle that technically, his detention is not connected with a court decision to allow his extradition to the USA. He was detained on a European warrant issued by Spain where he is suspected of money laundering.

In November, Spain declared Firtash and his two Ukrainian accomplices wanted in the multi-million-euro money laundering case which involved purchase of Spanish real estate.

The USA requested Firtash's extradition because the FBI suspects him of corruption while obtaining a permit to develop a titanium deposit in India.

Austrian Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstetter will have a final say with regard to Firtash's extradition.