Israeli police on May 3 arrested Grigory Lerner, an alleged Russian mafia boss, on suspicion of laundering over $80 million in illegal currency transactions. (NTV, May 13; Itar-Tass, May 14) Lerner left Russia in 1990, having served time in jail in 1983. In 1992 he was extradited to Russia from Switzerland and served another 18 month jail sentence. On May 3 he was arrested at the airport as he was about to leave for the US with six associates, including the widow of the crime boss Sergei Timofeev, alias Silvestr.
Kocharian, Arzumanian Differ on Karabakh Unification.