Poland denies extradition of Russian deputy complicit in $177-thousand fraud

Poland denies extradition of Russian deputy complicit in $177-thousand fraud
Dmitry Gordeev

A court in Warsaw has released Dmitry Gordeev, who was arrested in absentia in Novosibirsk in 2011.

The District Court of Warsaw refused to satisfy the request of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation to extradite Dmitry Gordeev, ex-deputy of the Novosibirsk region accused of major fraud. The former parliamentarian himself told Kommersant about this.

Russian investigators believe Gordeev, being a deputy, received 11 million rubles ($176.7 thousand) from one of the Siberian business people, promising to lobby the interests of the entrepreneur, but he never delivered on his promise.

A criminal case was filed against Gordeev under the Art. on Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). In February 2011, the deputy gave a written undertaking not to leave a place, but soon he left Russia with his family and settled in Georgia. Tbilisi gave the ex-deputy refugee status, Novosibirsk in the meantime arrested Gordeev in absentia and put him on the wanted list, the investigation of the case was suspended.

It was the Polish law enforcers that arrested the runaway deputy in the spring of this year on his arrival in Warsaw. Since then, he has been under recognizance not to leave in Poland and, he said, had time to see the country. On July 6, the court in Warsaw began to examine the request of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation to extradite the accused on the merits. The prosecutor supported the Russian party's demand for extradition, but the judge still refused to extradite Gordeev and the international passport was returned to him. According to him, any time soon he is leaving Poland.

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