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9/24, 3:36 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Abramovich played key role in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich (pictured), the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and a senior Ukrainian negotiator all played crucial roles in the negotiations that led to the release of more than 250 prisoners by Russia and Ukraine this week, the Wall Street Journal reported citing officials familiar with the matter.

Mr. Abramovich himself accompanied ten prisoners, including British and US detainees captured by Russia in Ukraine, to a private jet that took them to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Other sources confirmed Mr. Abramovich's involvement.

This week it emerged that Russia had released 215 Ukrainians taken prisoner after the battle for the port city of Mariupol, while Kiev had released 55 in return.

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