Ruben Vardanyan, a former top official in the separatist ethnic Armenian administration of Nagorno-Karabakh, is seen detained by Azerbaijan's border service personnel in unidentified location, Azerbaijan, in this picture released September 27, 2023. State Border Service of Azerbaijan/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. IMAGE BLURRED AT SOURCE. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT

 – Azerbaijan’s security forces detained Ruben Vardanyan, a former top official in Nagorno-Karabakh’s ethnic Armenian administration, as he tried to leave the region, Russia’s RBC news outlet cited his wife as saying.

Vardanyan, a billionaire investment banker, served as the head of Karabakh’s separatist government between November 2022 and February 2023.

Vardanyan did not reply to messages sent by Reuters.

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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