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VIENNA, Austria – Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash was arrested in the Vienna Court of Appeal on Feb. 21 after a judge ruled that the billionaire businessman could be extradited to the United States to face bribery charges.

Firtash is wanted by Spanish prosecutors for money laundering and in the U.S. for bribing Indian officials. An Austrian judge had ruled that the U.S. case was politically motivated in April, 2015

As the judge of the Vienna Court of Appeal made his final comments after satisfying an appeal by U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday, Firtash, sitting at the defendant’s table, was visibly shocked. The Austrian Ministry of Justice will make a final decision on the U.S. extradition of the Ukrainian oligarch, who had close ties to ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

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Hopefully he is eventually extradited to the US and stands trial, US courts are not Ukrainian circus courts. Most likely he will be convicted and serve time in a US Federal prison for white collar crime which compared to a Ukrainian prison will be like a resort, never the less he'll lose his freedom.

I am reminded of Firtash whenever I see Napoleon's reference to Talleyrand as a "turd wrapped in a silk stocking". Either Spain or the U.S. should lock him up and throw away the keys.

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