The lawyers of Pavel Borodin did not discuss the issue of filing a suit to get compensation for damage done to their client by the Swiss Prosecutor's Office, Borodin's attorney Genrikh Padva said. "The right to such a lawsuit can appear only after the termination of the criminal case or right after the defendant's acquittal," Padva stressed. In his turn, another Borodin's lawyer, Eleonora Sergeyeva said that the issue of filing a suit "was not discussed or mentioned" at today's meeting of Pavel Borodin with the ambassadors of Russia and Belarus to Switzerland. Meanwhile, the Secretariat of the Standing Committee of the Russia-Belarus Union State said that the Committee is considering the issue of the possible presentment of "state claims" in the form of a lawsuit to Swiss prosecutors for a large sum of compensation under the Borodin case. The Standing Committee assesses the material loss suffered by the Russia-Belarus Union to amount to about $100 million. State Secretary of the Russia-Belarus Union State was arrested in New York in January 2001 and extradited early in April to Geneva where he was initially charged with money laundering on the territory of Switzerland and involvement in criminal activity. On April 12 the Geneva Accusation Chamber dropped the organised crime charge but kept the charge of money laundering. The Accusation Chamber permitted to release Borodin on bail worth 5 million Swiss francs for the period of the investigation.
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