KUWAIT CITY, Nov 14 A Russian businesswoman appears to be safe after Kuwait handed her a long jail term for embezzlement, the Kommersant business daily has reported.
Reports said that a Kuwaiti court had sentenced investment executive Marsha Lazareva to 15 years in prison for money laundering. A US law firm leading the international effort to secure Lazareva’s release decried her conviction as an “egregious human rights violation.” Lazareva was “in a safe place” and did not attend her sentencing Monday, Kommersant cited the head of Moscow’s chamber of commerce and a member of her USbased legal support group as saying. She may be inside the Russian Embassy in Kuwait City, Kuwait’s al-Qabas daily cited unnamed sources as saying Monday. “We’re doing everything possible to protect the rights of Russian citizens,” the Russian Foreign Ministry told Kommersant when asked to confirm Lazareva’s location in the embassy Tuesday. (The Moscow Times)