Court puts US investor under house arrest for 3 months

April 12, 2019
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Founder of the Baring Vostok investment fund Michael Calvey is seen through a glass of a cage with a reflection of a police officer, in the court room in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 11, 2019. A Russian court has released from jail a US investor who faces charges of embezzlement and has placed him under house arrest. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow has ordered a U.S. investor to remain under house arrest for three months on embezzlement charges.

Michael Calvey had been behind bars since mid-February on charges of embezzlement from the Russian bank Vostochny, in which his investment firm Baring Vostok has a controlling stake. He denies wrongdoing.

Calvey was released from jail Thursday and put under house arrest. The Basmanny District Court on Friday refused to free him on obligation not to leave the city or to grant him bail, ruling that he should stay under house arrest until July 14.

Calvey’s company is one of the largest foreign investment firms in Russia and his arrest dented investors’ confidence in Russia.