Bail-Skipping Russian Called To Appear at Moscow Court

Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky, who is on bail on assault charges in Cambodia, will be called to appear at the Moscow court hearing of a high-profile case in which he is also involved, according to a media report.

Mr. Polonsky, 40, was charged in January after he was accused along with two other Russian men of forcing six Cambodian sailors overboard with a knife off the coast of Preah Sihanouk province.

He was granted bailed on April 3 on the condition that he remain in Cambodia, but while a trial is still pending, Mr. Polonsky traveled to Switzerland earlier this month. His current whereabouts is unknown.

Another court case is ongoing in Moscow over a 2011 incident on live television in which Russian media mogul Alexander Lebedev punched Mr. Polonsky while they were both appearing on a panel show.

According to a report in English-language newspaper The Moscow Times, the judge in the case ruled on Monday that a subpoena be issued to call Mr. Polonsky—who, his lawyers told the court, is not in Russia—to appear. “[T]he judge agreed with Lebedev’s lawyers, who said the trial could not continue without Polonsky,” The Moscow Times reported.

Last year, Mr. Polonsky moved to Koh Dek Koul, a privately leased Cambodia island on which he co-owns a luxury resort along with Nikolai Doroshenko, the owner of the Snake House Hotel and Restaurant in Sihanoukville.

Snake House manager Pheng Phoeun said Mr. Polonsky had not returned to Cambodia, but that another, unnamed Russian had delivered a letter to Mr. Do­roshenko telling him of his decision to divest from the resort island.

“Mr. Polonsky wrote a letter ordering [Mr. Doroshenko] to transfer his share [of Koh Dek Koul] to [the other Russian],” Mr. Phoeun said. “But Nikolai did not agree because Mr. Polonsky owes him a lot of money.”

The Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court has not commented publicly on the case, and it is unclear whether Mr. Polonsky was given permission to take a trip outside of Cambodia while on bail.

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