Murder Suspect Extradited From Egypt

Businessman Alexander Sterkhov will remain in a Yekaterinburg prison until he faces trial. Andrei Makhonin

With the assistance of Egyptian authorities, Urals police have caught a Russian businessman suspected of organizing the 2011 killing of a lawmaker from the Sverdlovsk region, Interfax reported Monday.

Alexander Sterkhov, 43, who was on an international wanted list, was detained in Cairo and extradited to Yekaterinburg, where he faces a trial in connection with the killing of Alexander Barybin, a lawmaker in the city of Irbit, the report said, citing the police.

Barybin, 48, was badly wounded in a grenade explosion near his home in February 2011 and later died in the hospital.

A 23-year-old traffic police officer, Anton Gazdeliani, pleaded guilty to planting the grenade and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Sterkhov has been charged with masterminding the killing, and if convicted, he faces life imprisonment.

Investigators say a business dispute between Barybin and Sterkhov, both of whom dealt with iron sales, provoked the attack.

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