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Gettelfinger leaves DaimlerChrysler supervisory board

Ron Gettelfinger, the president of United Auto Workers, has stepped down from the supervisory board of DaimlerChrysler AG, a move expected given the sale of the majority of Chrysler to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP in August.

The German automaker said in a statement Monday that Gettelfinger left the company's board, the equivalent of a U.S. board of directors, on Sept. 1. While a member of the board, he represented the company's workers and labor groups.

Key German union IG Metall said that it has nominated Brazilian Valter Sanches, a recent member of the company's World Employee Council, to replace Gettelfinger.

DaimlerChrysler shares were down 1.4 percent to EUR64.70 (US$88.61) in Frankfurt.

Russia's Ministry for Foreign Affairs is seriously concerned about the state of health of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Sergei Skrypal's niece, Victoria Skripal, said that her uncle had already died.

UK wants Sergei Skripal dead

The Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Michael Calvey, the founder of Baring Vostok investment fund, on allegations of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles from Vostochny Bank. Calvey will be held in custody until April 13

Putin informed about arrest of US investor Michael Calvey
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