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Sergei Polevikov on Security Fraud Charges Released on $1.5M Bond, Anti-Lukashenko

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SDNY COURTROOM, Sept 23 – In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on September 23, a presentment and possible detention hearing was held by Magistrate Judge James L. Cott on securities fraud defendant -- and apparently Belarus dissident -- Sergei Polevikov, charged with "misappropriating confidential information about pending trades by his employer."

  Inner City Press went to cover it, and live tweeted it here (and researched, see below)

Polevikov is in jeans and a turqoise T-shirt. He was arrested last night at 9 pm.

He has 2 Simpson Thatcher lawyers. "For presentment only."

 Magistrate Judge Cott: You are charged with fraud [3 kinds].

AUSA Kirsten Fletcher: We propose pre-trial release $1.5 million bond, secured.

 AUSA: He can spend up to $500,000 on legal fees. Defense: Agreed. The wife [Maryna Arystava - trades were allegedly in her name] is not employed but is co-owner of the residence.

Judge Cott: I agree to the conditions of release.

   Simpson Thatcher's Brooke Cucinella was apparently the Criminal Justice Act panel counsel on duty.

  Fast research finds Polevikov, who was at Oppenheimer Funds from 2004 to 2019, for now at WellAI and "Doc in a Pock" - and that Polevikov tweeted against Lukashenko of Belarus, even this week, about President Biden's speech at the UN General Assembly.

Inner City Press ran back to the Magistrates Court and asked him about it. He said he had to go.

The case is US v. Polevikov, 21-mj-9162 (Cott)


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