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Russian Suspected of Tax Evasion and Money Laundering in Russia Extradited



Russian citizens Bovsuna Valeria and Andrei Ustinov.


Today, the General Prosecutor’s Office Thailand transferred two Russian citizens (Bovsuna Valeria and Andrei Ustinov), suspected of tax evasion and money laundering.

Bovsuna Valeria and Andrei Ustinov are accused of committing crimes under Part 4 of Article 188 (Smuggling), paragraph 3 of Article 174.1 (legalization) of the Criminal Code, ”

According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, Bovsun and Ustinov smuggled consumer goods from China into Russia with a total market value of more than $ 70 million.

Pol. Lt.Gen.Wiboon stated that the arrest resulted from the information the Thai police received from the Russian international police that the two suspects had committed tax evasion and money laundering offences in Russia.

According to investigators, Bovsuna oversaw the operation in China obtaining forged documents and then shipped to a staging warehouse in China. Ustinov, in turn, provided transportation of the smuggled goods from China to Russia through the customs post of Customs in Ussuri through a limited liability company. “Ustinov organized production of forged foreign contracts for the supply of the goods. They then  laundered the profit and bought real estate in Thailand.

Russian prosecutors sent the extradition request to Thailand in July. Negotiations involving a representative of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office resulted in an agreement on the quick extradition of the suspects.

The criminal investigation against Bovsuna and Ustinov is been overseen by the Investigation Department of the Interior Ministry of Russia.

On July 23 Thailand transferred Russian citizen Andrei Kozlov who was sentenced by the Kovrov Town Court in the Vladimir region this January for an attempt to sell 100 grams of marijuana in fall 2009.

That was the first extradition of suspects from Thailand in the past seven years, the Prosecutor General’s Office said.

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