LONDON - British police said Tuesday they have arrested Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky at the request of Russian authorities who have charged him with fraud. An extradition request charges that Berezovsky defrauded the administration of Russia's Samara region while director of a company called LogoVaz between Jan. 1, 1994 and Dec. 31, 1995. The Metropolitan Police said officers arrested Berezovsky in London early Monday.
A LogoVaz associate, Yuli Dubov, was also arrested Monday, police said.
Berezovsky and Dubov were due to appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court on April 2, police said.
A Moscow court last October issued an arrest warrant for Berezovsky, Dubov and another associate in connection with the theft of cars from Russia's largest carmaker AvtoVaz.
LogoVaz was the official dealer for AvtoVaz and later functioned as the holding company for a range of Berezovsky investments. Dubov was general director of LogoVaz.
Berezovsky is one of the so-called "oligarchs" who amassed huge wealth during Boris Yeltsin's years as president. Berezovsky has said the various charges against him are retaliation for his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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