Extradition of Russian national Vladimir BATALIN, accused of fraud in especially large amount, from Cambodia to Russia

29 november 2017, 12:18

Today, on November 29, 2017, by request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, competent authorities of the Kingdom of Cambodia are to extradite Russian national Vladimir BATALIN to Russia.

In Russia he is accused of the crime stipulated in Art. 159 part 4 (fraud in especially large amount) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

According to the investigation, in November 2007, Mr. BATALIN forged minutes of general meeting of founders of “Mezhmunitsipalnyje Kommunalnyje Sistemy” Ltd. He increased his share in the authorized capital in 470 million roubles due to including of a petroleum storage depot in it, whose real value amounted to about 2 million roubles. It allowed him to dispose of the assets of the company to the sum of more than 275 million roubles.

In November-December 2007, Mr. BATALIN, as an owner of more than 51% of the assets, cashed the above money through the accounts of various organizations, as well as by means of providing loans. He disposed the money obtained at his own discretion.

As Mr. BATALIN has escaped and left the territory of the Russian Federation, in September 2008, by order of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation he was declared wanted.

In June 2011, he was located in a hotel in the Kingdom of Cambodia. However, he had escaped before the Russian competent authorities sent an official request for extradition via diplomatic channels. Therefore he was declared wanted within the Kingdom of Cambodia.

In July 2011, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation submitted the request for extradition of Mr. BATALIN to the competent authorities of the Kingdom of Cambodia, which was granted in October 2017.

Today Mr. BATALIN is to be extradited in Russia convoyed by officers of the Penitentiary Service of Russia and the Russian NCB Interpol.

The present decision on extradition demonstrates a positive trend in relations between the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation and the competent authorities of the Kingdom of Cambodia in the sphere of extradition.

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