Investigators have several days to decide whether Uralkali General Director Vladislav Baumgertner, who is charged with abuse of office, will be released from custody, his lawyers said.

"We have asked the investigators to change his measure of restraint. The investigators will decide on it in the next few days. If our request is declined, we will contest their decision in court under Article 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure," Yuliy Tai, a lawyer for Baumgertner, told Interfax on Monday.

According to earlier reports, Baumgertner, who was extradited from Belarus to Russia on November 22, was charged with abuse of office and questioned as a suspect. Baumgertner is now in a detention facility. He denies his guilt.

Baumgertner was detained in Minsk on August 26 and a criminal case was opened against him on charges of abuse of office.

In October, Moscow's Basmanny District Court issued an arrest warrant in absentia for Baumgertner, who also faces abuse of office charges in Russia.

A request seeking the Uralkali CEO's extradition in order to prosecute him on Russian soil was forwarded to representatives of the Belarusian Prosecutor General's Office during bilateral consultations on October 22.

The decision concerning Baumgertner's extradition was made by the Belarusian authorities on November 20.

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