The case of Pavel Borodin, secretary of state of the Russia-Belarus Union, may linger for months and there is no guarantee for it to end favourably, Alex Fishkin, Mr. Borodin’s American defence lawyer says. In his words, it does not matter here whether his client’s detention was a well-planned action by secret services or an unhappy coincidence. To substantiate the grounds of Mr. Borodin’s arrest, Switzerland will have to submit a number of documents proving his guilt – the copies of bank accounts, contracts, testimonies, etc., according to Interfax. Mr. Fishkin thinks it may amount to dozens of boxes, because the investigation has already been underway for many years. “We are afraid of a tide of files which are yet to be translated from French into English and, possibly, into Russian. They should be then properly analyzed and scrutinized which is going to take many months,” Mr. Fishkin added.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now