Spain extradites Mikhail Lyagin, Russian national accused of embezzling $9.7m from FSB
The extradition was carried out at the Madrid airport.
The Russian side received Mikhail Lyagin, who is accused of embezzlement of 550 million rubles from the Russian Federal Security Service on February 21, 2018 at the Madrid airport. Lyagin had been avoiding Russian justice in Spain and was put on the international wanted list. The Spanish authorities agreed to arrange the extradition of the accused, who had been detained in the kingdom back in 2016. The news was reported by the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation.
According to the investigation, Mikhail Lyagin stole 550 million rubles from a state-owned enterprise under the FSB. The prosecution alleges that as the general director of Invest-Viktoria, Lyagin "deliberately failed to fulfill contractual obligations under three contractual agreements" and stole over 550 million rubles from Kavkazsky Voyenno Stroitelny Otdel (“Caucasian Military Construction Division”) FSUE. After that, the suspect committed transactions aimed at laundering more than 390 million rubles.
Having committed the crime, Lyagin vanished and was declared internationally wanted. He was sentenced to detention at home. The fugitive was detained in Spain in February 2016, after which Russian Prosecutor General's Office sent a request for his extradition. The request was granted in October 2016, but the procedure scheduled for last July did not take place at the Madrid airport as it had been planned, since the Spanish court suspended the extradition.
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