Israeli authorities on Thursday indicted Arkady Gaydamak, a Russian-born tycoon who fled the country on charges of fraud and money laundering.
The indictment filed in a Tel Aviv court says Gaydamak conspired with senior Israeli banking officials to conceal financial activities worth around NIS 650 million.
Gaydamak is well known in Israel for underwriting high-profile philanthropic projects and buying a popular football club. He left the country last year for Russia under police investigation and after an attempt to become mayor of Jerusalem ended in a humiliating defeat.
Gaydamak faces an international arrest warrant because of a French investigation into alleged arms trafficking to Angola in the early 1990s.
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