Russian citizens arrested for alleged smuggling of drugs from Argentina ask Moscow for help
Ivan Bliznyuk and Aleksandr Chikalo insist they have nothing to do with drug trafficking.
The police have arrested Ivan Bliznyuk and Aleksandr Chikalo in Argentina. They are suspected of smuggling drugs from there. The two defendants asked Moscow to step in and help them. Both men insist they are innocent. RBC published their letter in which they shared their account of the events.
First, the defendants claim they are innocent. Then, they shed light on the story.
Bliznyuk and Chikalo insist that Oleg Vorobiev, the First Secretary of the Russian embassy in Argentina, set them up and committed perjury in an attempt to “protect himself and other criminals and drug diplomats.”
“They set us up; they have no evidence. We also appear to be the poorest drug trafficker in the world; the police did not find anything illegal when arresting us, nor they found either money or valuables. I would also like to mention yet again that they did not find any drugs either. They also failed to prove our involvement with drugs,” the letter reads.
The arrestees said they feel abandoned by Russia. “It seems as if everyone benefits from charging innocent people who had nothing to do with it and keeping the real perpetrator in the shadows,” Bliznyuk and Chikalo noted.
RBC sent the Russian MIA a request asking whether Bliznyuk and Chikalo had asked the embassy officials for help. Attorney Borisyuk told RBC that her clients kept their Russian citizenship.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.