Moscow, Russia: Russian immigration authorities have detailed German Sterligov at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on the demand of Azerbaijan and Interpol,
German Sterligov is a Russian businessman who is allegedly involved activities trying to destabilize Nagorno-Karabakh region. His lawyer Artur Airapetov said that Sterligov arrived in Moscow from Yerevan at 5 p.m. on Monday and was detained upon crossing the state border.
He explained that Sterligov might have been detained because his name was on the inter-state wanted list.
Russian authorities said that the border guards detained the businessman when he was crossing the Russian state border as Azerbaijan asked Interpol to put Sterligov on its international wanted list for the businessman’s activities in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan has initiated criminal proceedings against Sterligov on charges of making open anti-government calls and for illegal crossing of Azerbaijan’s state border (articles 281.2 and 318.2 of the Azerbaijani Penal Code, respectively).
On August 23, Airapetov said Interpol had stopped searching for Sterligov following a request from his defense lawyers and recognized that the businessman’s prosecution by Azerbaijan was politicized.