The Monegasque authorities refused the Prosecutor General’s office of the Russian Federation to extradite the former co-owner of the bankrupt company “Vneshprombank” (big) and former President of the Russian Federation of bobsleigh and skeleton George Begimova, accused at home of embezzling almost 1 billion rubles.
As reported by the newspaper “Kommersant” , the General Secretary of the General Prosecutor’s office Monaco Magali, Ginepro, the decision to refuse to extradite to Russia Begimova the court of appeal of the Principality issued 12 Jul. Recently approved by the head of state Prince albert II. The reason was the condition Begimova who has undergone heart surgery.
In the Russian Prosecutor General’s office publication explained that while no official documents from Monaco on this occasion did not. In turn, the Russian lawyer George Begimova Sergei Belchic refused to comment on the decision of the court of Monaco. He also did not answer questions about the health of his client and his current whereabouts.
Bejanov was detained by police in Monaco on 21 April, as was in the international wanted list, initiated by the Russian interior Ministry. Initially he was placed in the local jail, which for the conditions of detention of prisoners is more like a luxury hotel, the newspaper said. Soon, however, the suspect was released on bail. 19 Sep Forbes, citing sources among the lenders, the Bank stated that Bidjamov left Monaco and moved to London.
“Kommersant” does not rule out that the decision of the authorities of Monaco partly affected by old acquaintance of the ruling Prince George by Beganovi as the former head of the Russian Federation of bobsleigh and skeleton. Albert II is a member of the International Olympic Committee and he participated in competitions in bobsleigh in five Olympics 1988-2002.
The banker was put on the international wanted list in March. He is charged in the case of withdrawal of assets from “Vneshprombank” for the sum about 1 billion roubles. In this case in December 2015 in Moscow was arrested the sister Begimova, President and co-owner of “Vneshprombank” Larissa Marcus. The request for extradition Begimova was sent to the Russian Prosecutor General’s office in mid-may.