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Spain extradited to Russia organizer of criminal community and lawyer accused of multimillion bribe-taking
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At the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, competent authorities of the Kingdom of Spain extradited Russian nationals, Valery Kovalenko and Aleksey Prigoda, to Russia.

Mr. Kovalenko is accused of crimes, envisaged by Article 210 part 1 (creation and administration of criminal community), Article 174.1 part 3 paragraph “a” (legalization of monetary funds), Article 159 party 4 (fraud with infliction of considerable damage upon a citizen, as well as on a large and especially large scale by an organized group), Article 30 part 3, Article 159 part 4 (attempted fraud) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

Preliminary investigation established that in June 2016 Mr. Kovalenko created and subsequently administered criminal community. Its members stole money from citizens under pretence of return of compensation for acquisition by them of allegedly illegal biologically active supplements. Victims were inflicted damage to the sum of not less than 55 mln rubles.

In order to conceal the criminal nature of monetary funds and to give legitimate nature to their possession Mr. Kovalenko concluded property purchase agreement. He used banking card registered for another person to conceal financial operations.

In May 2020, at the instruction of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, he was declared internationally wanted.

In connection with information of the NCB Interpol of Spain on detention of Mr. Kovalenko in that country on July 24, 2020, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation sent a request for his extradition, which was satisfied in October 2021.

Moreover, competent authorities of Spain satisfied the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for extradition of Aleksey Prigoda for making him criminally responsible.

He is accused of a crime, envisaged by Article 290 part 6 (bribe-taking by an organized group, on especially large scale) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

According to the investigation, in the period from 2011 to 2013, in the city of Ufa, lawyer Prigoda, together with other persons, received bribe in amount of 140 mln rubles from director general of the Group of companies SU-10, Valery Mansurov, for illegal activities. In particular money was given for conclusion of lease agreement on land plots that were within federal ownership.

Since the accused fled from the law enforcement authorities, in September 2016, at the instruction of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, he was declared internationally wanted.

In December 2016, due to detention of Mr. Prigoda in Spain, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation sent the request for his extradition to their foreign colleagues.

On November 17, 2021, the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Spain decided to extradite the accused to Russia.

However his extradition was postponed due to the fact that Mr. Prigoda fled, and the Spanish colleagues were searching for him.

Early in 2021 he was detained.

Owing to the efficient actions of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation and well-organized close cooperation with the competent authorities of the Kingdom of Spain, extradition of the said persons to Russia was satisfied.

Special convoy will escort Aleksey Prigoda and Valery Kovalenko to Moscow.

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