Austria arrests top Ukrainian oligarch: report
Austrian authorities said Thursday that police had arrested a Ukrainian businessman, reported to be top oligarch Dmytro Firtash, following a lengthy FBI investigation and a US arrest warrant.
"On the evening of March 12 a Ukrainian citizen (Dmytro) F., 48, was arrested in Vienna... by officers from the organised crime unit and EKO-Cobra," an armed response unit, police said in a statement.
"A national arrest order was issued for the businessman on the basis of several years of investigation by the US FBI and an arrest warrant" by a US court, the statement added.
He is suspected of being involved in bribery and forming a criminal organisation, it added.
The Austria Press Agency named the suspect as Firtash, a chemicals tycoon who co-owns the Inter television channel and who is one of Ukraine's most prominent oligarchs.
Firtash was considered a key backer of former president Viktor Yanukovych who was ousted by pro-European protesters last month and has since sought shelter in Russia.
© 2014 AFP