Russian living in Berlin wanted in case of 400 kg cocaine at Russian Embassy in Argentina

Russian living in Berlin wanted in case of 400 kg cocaine at Russian Embassy in Argentina
Andrey Kovalchuk during a conversation with police officer Ivan Bliznyuk in an Argentine bar Photo: La Nacion

It is assumed that he played a key role in organizing the criminal scheme.

A Russian living in Berlin has been declared wanted as part of the investigation into attempted dispatch of 400 kg of cocaine by diplomatic mail from Argentina. This is reported by La Nation.

According to the publication, the man was born in 1968 and works as a representative of a cigar production company. Meanwhile, Clarin specifies that the man’s name is Andrey Kovalchuk.

In addition, the newspaper published a wiretap record of a conversation between the Russian and another person involved in the case, Argentine policeman Ivan Bliznyuk, but the latter does not mention the name of his interlocutor.

“Since 2013, the suspect has visited Argentina 11 times; he always brought cigars and strong alcohol as a gift, and people were obliged to him. In Germany, where he lives, he has participated in several charitable events,” the interviewee told La Nacion.

The criminal case of international drug trafficking, which involves Russian diplomats, came to light on February 22. The investigation began back in December 2016, when Russian ambassador to Argentina Victor Coronelli told police officers about 12 suspicious bags marked as subject to shipment by diplomatic mail, found on the territory of the school at the embassy.

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