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Poland extradited to Russia a person wanted for 26 years for murder of a schoolgirl
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Upon request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, the competent authorities of the Republic of Poland are extraditing Semyon Gutsan to Russia for prosecution.

He is accused of committing a crime, provided for in Article 102, paragraphs “a”, “n” of the RSFSR Criminal Code (premeditated murder for mercenary motives, committed by prior conspiracy, by a group of persons).

During the investigation it was established that on the night of 20-21 August 1994, in the city of Syktyvkar, Gutsan, by prior conspiracy with his friend, strangled a 14-year-old girl.

After committing the crime, he escaped from the investigative authorities and was put on the international wanted list by order of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation.

In June 2020, a person was detained in Poland having documents in the name of Ivan Pop, born on 18.11.1970. He was identified as Semyon Gutsan. Afterwards, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation sent a request for extradition of the accused to the foreign colleagues.

During his detention Gutsan and his defence made significant efforts to make the Polish side to adopt a negative decision on extradition.

However, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation presented counter-arguments and materials, which helped to achieve a refutation of Gutsan’s arguments in the court, which later were found to be groundless.

In September 2021, the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Poland made a final decision on the extradition of the defendant.

Under the instructions of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, Semyon Gutsan will be delivered to Russia by officers of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service.

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