GENEVA - A top aide to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin has been transferred from his prison cell to hospital after complaining of chest pains, Swiss authorities said Tuesday.
Pavel Borodin, who was indicted Saturday on charges of money laundering and membership in a criminal organization, reported the pains Monday, said the justice department of the Swiss canton (state) of Geneva.
He was moved from Geneva's main Champ Dollon prison to a secure unit at the city's hospital, the department said in a statement.
Borodin, 54, was arrested on a Swiss warrant Jan. 17 at Kennedy Airport while traveling to Washington to celebrate President Bush's inauguration. Having been denied bail by a New York judge, Borodin agreed last week to be flown to Switzerland rather than face a lengthy extradition battle from his U.S. prison cell.
He arrived in Switzerland on Saturday. His Swiss legal team are expected to apply for bail later Tuesday.
Geneva State Prosecutor Bernard Bertossa has accused Borodin of receiving some dlrs 30 million in kickbacks from two Swiss companies, Mercata and Mabetex, that had lucrative contracts to renovate Kremlin buildings.
Some of the kickbacks were allegedly laundered through Swiss banks.
Borodin used to be the Kremlin property manager and a member of Yeltsin's inner circle. President Vladimir Putin, amid a crackdown on corruption, dismissed him from the Kremlin post in 1999.
He now holds the largely ceremonial post as secretary of the Russia-Belarus union.