Croatia FM denies extradition of Russian businessman from Titov's list to Moscow

Croatia FM denies extradition of Russian businessman from Titov's list to Moscow
Sergey Kapchuk

In early May, Sergey Kapchuk left London for France, hoping to receive confirmation of his citizenship at the Russian embassy in Paris, and, without waiting for an answer, went to Croatia, where he was detained.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia refused to extradite Russian citizen Sergey Kapchuk, who was included in the list of business ombudsman Boris Titov - a list of entrepreneurs that fled Russia and want to return to their homeland. This was told by Kapchuk himself and also confirmed by Dmitry Grigoriadi, spokesperson of Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights.

According to Sergey Kapchuk, on June 12 the Head of the Croatian Interior Ministry, Davor Božinović, refused the escaped businessman to leave the country, without specifying the reasons. "The Ambassador has obtained the necessary instructions from the Russian Foreign Ministry and begins to act officially, negotiating the return [of Kapchuk] to his homeland with the law enforcement authorities of Croatia," says the letter of the Russian Ambassador to Croatia, Anvar Azimov (at the disposal of RBC).

A corresponding note was sent from the Russian Foreign Ministry for the businessman’s departure, Dmitry Grigoriadi confirmed to RBC. "The Minister [Božinović] refused, but we have never heard a decent answer about the reasons," he said.

In early May, Sergey Kapchuk left London for France, hoping to receive confirmation of his citizenship at the Russian embassy in Paris, and, without waiting for an answer, went to Croatia, where he was rounded up. A British passport was withdrawn from the fugitive businessman on the border at the request of London.

"They demand the return to London at the request of the British authorities. Since Croatia is not a Schengen state, I am now locked here without documents, and the only way out is Russia," Kapchuk said. After the seizure of the passport, he re-applied to the Russian consulate, this time in Croatia, where he filed a request for confirmation of Russian citizenship.

On May 23, Boris Titov met with President. Following the talks, the Head of state ordered to develop "coordinated solutions" on all persons mentioned in the 'London list' until June 23. The commission was given to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, and Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev.

The list of businesspeople willing to return to Russia was published in February - it included 34 people hiding in Britain, the USA, Spain, Greece, and Ukraine.

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