Moscow Files for Bank Head’s Extradition from U.K.

Russian prosecutors have submitted a request to the UK for the extradition of former Bank of Moscow head Andrei Borodin, the Prosecutor General’s Office spokeswoman said on Friday.

“After determining the location in the United Kingdom of Andrei Borodin, who was put on the international wanted list in November 2011, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has promptly prepared and submitted a request for his extradition for criminal prosecution to the competent British authorities,” Marina Gridneva told RIA Novosti.

Borodin and his former deputy Dmitry Akulinin have been placed on the Interpol wanted list. A criminal case was opened against both in late 2010 on charges of fraud involving government funds. They are accused of illegally lending $443 million to shell companies which then transferred the funds to Yelena Baturina, the wife of Moscow’s former mayor Yury Luzhkov, owner of the construction empire Inteco.

Another case was opened against Borodin and Akulinin in February on suspicion of stealing over $225 million.

The Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales declined to comment.


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