Poland extradites former head of NGO Kosmos to Russia
The Moscow authorities impute to Andrey Chernyakov fraud regarding a large loan from the Bank of Moscow.
The Warsaw District Court ruled to extradite Andrey Chernyakov, the former head of the NGO Kosmos, to Russia. In the Russian Federation, the ex-top manager is accused of fraud regarding a large loan from the Bank of Moscow, RIA Novosti reports.
According to the investigation, Chernyakov used the funds allocated for the construction of the Alabyano-Baltic tunnel in Moscow. Until 2014, Kosmos was one of the largest contractors in Russia, specializing in the construction of bridges and tunnels.
“The court decided on the legal possibility of extraditing my client to the criminal prosecution authorities of Russia,” the agency quoted lawyer Konrad-Pavel Opalsky as saying.
It is noted that the decision on appeal will be made after reading the written statement of the court, the lawyer said.
Earlier it was reported that the Polish first instance court had already intended to extradite Chernyakov to Russia, but his lawyers managed to get the decision overturned. The case was transferred for final approval to the Polish Ministry of Justice. In September, the Polish court extended Chernyakov’s arrest until February 24, 2019, and later the Russian side sent a new request for Chernyakov’s extradition. His lawyer explained that the new request has information about new episodes in the case.
As the CrimeRussia already wrote, the ex-president of the Kosmos NGO was declared bankrupt. Russia managed to organize the sale of his foreign property – in particular, only for his British real estate 300,000 pounds sterling was obtained. Upon Chernyakov’s property in Florence and Dubai a lien is placed. Chernyakov was detained in Poland in December 2017, because he was on the Interpol’s international wanted list.
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.