Polish court allows extradition of former head of Cosmos NGO to Russia

Polish court allows extradition of former head of Cosmos NGO to Russia

Andrey Chernyakov is accused in absentia of stealing a multi-billion-dollar loan for the completion of the Alabyano-Baltic Tunnel in Moscow.

Warsaw’s District Court allowed the extradition of Andrey Chernyakov, the former head of the Cosmos NGO, to Russia. Chernyakov is accused in absentia of stealing a multi-billion dollar loan from the Bank of Moscow for the completion of the Alabyano-Baltic Tunnel and other offenses, Kommersant reports. The court agreed to expand the list of charges against Chernyakov, which will be considered after his extradition to the Russian Federation, while the verdict of the Polish court can be challenged in the appellate court.

Chernyakov said that he was satisfied with the court decision, TASS reports. According to the former head of Cosmos, he wants to complete the process as soon as possible because he is “tired of this madhouse.” 

“I strive to end this as soon as possible. I do not believe in Polish justice. I understand that all cases are combined into one. Because of this, they will send me to Yekaterinburg. Nevertheless, I want to leave for Russia, because justice there makes at least some sense,” Chernyakov said.

Andrey Chernyakov was detained in December 2017 at the Warsaw airport, from where he planned to fly to Kiev with a fake Romanian passport. In Russia, the former head of the Cosmos NGO is accused of swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 CCRF) and credit swindling (part 4 of Article 159.1 CCRF). According to investigators, Chernyakov transferred a loan received from the Bank of Moscow for the completion of the Alabyano-Baltic Tunnel for other projects. These projects include the construction of the Judo Academy in Zvenigorod near Moscow. As a result, the loan was not repaid. The debts of Cosmos to the bank exceeded 30 billion rubles ($ 470,2 million). Later, the ICR’s Investigative Directorate for the Sverdlovsk Region initiated another criminal case against Chernyakov. In this case, it was another episode of swindling and non-payment of salaries in subsidiaries of the NGO (Article 145.1 CCRF) that seconded workers from Yekaterinburg to Moscow. Currently, all cases are in the investigated by the ICR’s Investigative Directorate for the Sverdlovsk Region.

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