Urlashov’s former subordinate Rodin granted refugee status in Germany

Urlashov’s former subordinate Rodin granted refugee status in Germany
Grigory Rodin

According to Rodin, he came to Germany, in November 2015, for cancer treatment.

Former director of the Yaroslavl Institute of Strategic Initiatives Development (IRSI) Grigory Rodin, in respect of whom, in the Russian Federation, a criminal case was initiated, was granted asylum in Germany as a political refugee.

"Yes, I was, indeed, granted this status," said Rodin to RIA Novosti, adding that the asylum is granted for three years, but it may be renewed "in the absence of any very good reason, for example, a crime committed by me in Germany, by which this status will be challenged." "As of now, it is not safe for me to return to the Russian Federation, because there I will be just arrested and put in prison. Of course, I intend to renew this status (of a refugee), but if the situation changes, then of course – I am Russian – I will return to my homeland," Rodin said.

In 2014, a criminal case of embezzlement on a large scale through abuse of office was initiated against Rodin. According to investigation, he unlawfully and unreasonably charged himself fees, bonuses, and material assistance, in a total amount of 472 000 rubles. The criminal case against Rodin was initiated after the arrest of the Mayor of Yaroslavl Evgeny Urlashov, who was accused of extortion and taking bribes and, after all, sentenced to 12.5 years in prison. In February 2016, Rodin was detained in Germany by Interpol. After that, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office sent a request to the German authorities for the extradition of the former official.

According to Rodin, he came to Germany in November 2015 for the treatment of cancer, and underwent a surgery at a local hospital. In a separate development, he has filed a request to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) for asylum and medical treatment. Then, he was indeed arrested on Interpol request and spent four days in prison, after which the Supreme Court of Germany has changed the measure of restraint to recognizance not to leave.

"The procedure (consideration of the request) was on two lines: the first was the criminal offense, which was considered by the Supreme Court of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the second was the line of medicine. As a result, the Supreme Court, without waiting for the BAMF decision, decided to deny in extradition", Rodin said, adding that "the decision was made on the basis of medical indications." "Then, a month later, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, having studied my whole case... made a decision to grant me political asylum under the third paragraph (of the Asylum Act)," Rodin said, adding that the number of Russians who get this status in Germany is very low, "maybe 5-10 people per year."

On the charges brought against him in Russia, Rodin commented that "the case is that the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office reprinted in the extradition statement the indictment drawn up by the Investigative Committee for the Yaroslavl Region." Here, according to Rodin, "the decision of the Municipality number 600," is mentioned: it provides for a special form of coordination in the calculation of incentives, awards, and financial assistance to the directors of municipal institutions. According to Rodin, "the original decision (of the municipality) does not contain this formulation, it does not exist." This fact was pointed out by the German authorities during the examination of a request for asylum.

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