Former Minister of Finance of Moscow region extradited from France to Russia
France has extradited a former Minister of Finance of Moscow region to Russia. Russia had been asking for his extradition for 5 years.
According to the media office of the Prosecutor-General’s Office of the Russian Federation, France has extradited a former Minister of Finance of Moscow region Aleksey Kuznetsov to Russia.
The extradition occurred 2 years after the decree had been signed by the Prime Minister of France, reports RBK. Kuznetsov remained abroad and lodged a petition that was finally rejected in late December, 2018.
In Russia, Kuznetsov is suspected of swindling and embezzlement of 14 billion rubles ($203 million) under item 4 of article 159, item 4 of article 160, item 3 of article 174.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
According to the case file, the former Minister of Finance had caused damage to enterprises of the Moscow region’s housing maintenance and utilities and, in particular, a company Mosobltransinvest.
Russia had been seeking for the extradition of Kuznetsov since 2013. The former Minister has recently been detained by French law enforcement officer in Saint-Tropez.
Aleksey Kuznetsov served as the Minister of Finance of Moscow region from 2000 to 2008. After he stood down, the former official moved to France.
In January, 2018, Kuznetsov’s spouse Zhanna Bullakh who is a citizen of the U.S. was sentenced to 11 years in prison in absentia. She was found guilty of embezzlement of 11 billion rubles ($159 million) from the Moscow region’s budget. With that, some of her property - including two apartments in Switzerland, an apartment in Paris, a villa in Saint-Tropez, 10 vehicles, a hotel in Courchevel and several antiquities - was seized by the court.