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Moscow welcomed on Friday a U.S. court ruling that a former
Moscow welcomed on Friday a U.S. court ruling that a former Russian UN official, sentenced to four years and three months in prison for money laundering, will serve out his jail term in Russia.

Kuznetsov, 50, who worked for the United Nations Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, was arrested in September 2005 after borrowing $300,000 from a Russian colleague, allegedly aware that the funds had been acquired by criminal means.

"We are satisfied with this decision," a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said, without specifying the date of Kuznetsov's return to Russia.

Kuznetsov held diplomatic immunity as a UN employee, but the status was revoked by Kofi Annan, the secretary general at the time, paving the way for the FBI to arrest him.

The ex-diplomat was sentenced in October of 2007 by a U.S. district court, and was ordered to pay a total of $73,000 in fines.

A district court in New York confirmed that on October 31 a payment of $73,000 was received, a requirement for the court to begin considering his return to Russia.

Kuznetsov, who has always denied the charges, is currently serving his term at Allenwood Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.


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