MIA and ICR ask Poland to extradite ex-president of Kosmos

MIA and ICR ask Poland to extradite ex-president of Kosmos
Andrey Chernyakov

The final decision on the extradition should be taken by Public Prosecutor General of Poland Zbigniew Ziobro.

The District Court of Warsaw has allowed the possibility of extradition to Russia of former NPO Kosmos President, Andrey Chernyakov, who is currently under investigation immediately in two departments. The MIA and the Russian Investigative Committee accuse him of fraudulent thefts. The final decision on the extradition should be taken by Public Prosecutor General of Poland Zbigniew Ziobro.

Chernyakov was detained when trying to cross the border of Poland and Ukraine with the Romanian passport in December last year. At the time, the public official was already on the international wanted list. Investigators of the Moscow Department of Internal Affairs in the Central District charged him with embezzlement of credit funds from the Bank of Moscow.

According to the case file, the institution had allocated 15 billion rubles ($224 million) for NPO Kosmos, intended for the construction of the Alabian-Baltic tunnel in the capital. However, the funds had been first withdrawn via affiliated companies and then embezzled. There is another episode in the case, which concerns the embezzlement of 28 million rubles ($418,827) in the construction of a judo academy in the Moscow region’s Zvenigorod.

Polish law enforcement agencies received the second request from the ICR department in the Sverdlovsk region. Chernyakov is being wanted for the non-payment of salary in the NPO’s subsidiaries, which sent workers from Yekaterinburg to Moscow. Chernyakov has been arrested in absentia and is on the wanted list for all cases. At the same time, the prosecution lawyers ask MIA investigators to refer the materials to the ICR Investigation Department in the Sverdlovsk region and consolidate the cases, as there are much more (over thousand) victims in the case in Yekaterinburg.

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