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Russian banker arrested in Ukraine on Russia’s request, he might be extradited

Source : 112 Ukraine

Alyakin is put on the wanted list by the Russian authorities on the suspicion of the fraud
12:04, 28 September 2018

Ukrainian News

In Kyiv region, the law enforcers detained Alexey Alyakin, the ex-owner of the Russian bank “Pushkino” on the request of the Russian Federation as Ukrainian News reported citing the materials of the court.

The Russian businessman is wanted by the Interior Ministry of Russia on the suspicion of the serious fraud. He was arrested in absentia by the ruling of Tverskoy Court of Moscow on March 10, 2016.

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In Ukraine, he is a co-owner of the building company “Progres Bud” (Boryspil, Kyiv region).

In 2013, the businessman has obtained the Ukrainian citizenship, however, on July 30, 2018, the State Migration Service of Ukraine annulled it. The prosecutor’s office asked the court to arrest the defendant.

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The defense of Alyakin asks to release him on house arrest, appealing that Alyakin needs the hospital care, he has solid social ties and supports Ukraine in the armed conflict in Donbas.

Particularly, the defense stated that the businessman served at the volunteer units “Arata” and “Aidar” and provided the Donbas veterans and soldiers with work and accommodation.

In his turn, Alyakin claimed that he considers himself a citizen of Ukraine.

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The lawyers noted that in the case of the extradition, ex-banker might be persecuted for the political motives in Russia.

The court chose the restrictive measure in the form of the arrest (extradition remand) until the Prosecutor General’s Office will deliver a decision on his extradition to Russia but not longer than September 15, 2019.

In August 2018, Pushkinsky Court of Moscow Oblast sentenced two Alyakin’s accomplices for three and four years in the prison for the embezzlement of $9.1 million from this credit institution.

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On September 12, it became known that Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine extradited Timgoev to Russia, as the Russian federal security service requested. Explaining the decision, the Ukrainian side said that Timgoev was wanted by the Russian Federation as the ISIS militant; he allegedly served with the Islamic State fighters in Syria. 

Timgoev twice asked for the refugee status in Ukraine, but his requests were turned down.

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