Person accused of robbery of consumer credit cooperative extradited to Russia from Germany

15 april 2021, 14:49

At the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, competent authorities of the Federative Republic of Germany extradited Aleksandr Veliky to Russia.

He is accused of crimes, envisaged by Article 162 part 4 paragraph “a, b” (robbery with illegal entry into premises by an organized group on especially large scale), Article 127 part 3 (illegal deprivation of liberty connected with abduction with the use of weapons and objects used as weapons in respect of two or more persons by an organized group) and Article 222 part 3 (illegal acquisition, transfer, storage and bearing of firearms, ammunition by an organized group) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

Under the investigation, in July 2018, members of the criminal group, whereto Mr. Veliky and other persons were members, having dressed into clothing with symbolics of one of the Russian special services, under the guise of search, entered the office of consumer credit cooperative “Narodny”, located in the city of Moscow. There they used violence and put handcuffs on employees of the cooperative, and after that illegally held them for two hours, having inflicted beatings, showing weapons and threatening to use violence dangerous for life and health. After that they stole property and money to the total sum of not less than 484 million rubles. Thereafter they changed into civil clothing and escaped from the crime scene.

Since Mr. Veliky escaped from the law enforcement bodies, upon instruction of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation he was declared wanted.

In July 2020 Mr. Veliky was detained on the territory of Germany and after that the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation sent a request for his extradition for making him criminally liable to the competent authorities of the State.

In March 2021 it was satisfied.

Officer of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and Interpol Russia will escort Aleksandr Veliky to Moscow.

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