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Lithuanian businessman Vidmantas Kucinskas, the founder of the Arvi business group, has been detained in Slovenia as he is suspected of fraud in Russia, three independent sources have told BNS.
Sources: businessman Kucinskas detained in Slovenia
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Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BNS on Friday a Lithuanian citizen had been detained in Slovenia, without disclosing the person's identity.

"Due to data protection, we can only confirm that a Lithuanian citizen was detained in Slovenia on Friday. We do not provide any detailed information," Rasa Jakilaitiene, spokeswoman for the ministry, told BNS.

Based on unofficial information, the businessman was detained in response to Russia's request.

Kucinskas is Russia's honorary consul in Lithuania, according to information on the Foreign Ministry's website

It was reported earlier that Russia's Alfa Bank is trying through courts to recover a debt of around 20 million euros from Kucinskas. The bank's lawyer said earlier the businessman is suspected to have intentionally provided wrong information to the bank about the financial situation of Arvi NPK, a fertilizer producer that used to operate in the Russian region of Kaliningrad.

Kucinskas then said Russia's accusations were part of Alfa Bank's intimidation tactics.

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