16 January 2018, Tuesday, 14:15

Extradition request for Baumgertner "lost" in Prosecutor General's Office


Minsk has not received a request for the extradition of Uralkali CEO from the Russian Prosecutor General's Office.

“We have not received documents for Baumgertner's extradition,” Interfax news agency learnt from the Prosecutor General's Office.

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office sent the Belarusian authorities an official request for the extradition of Vladislav Baumgertner on October 22.

“In response to numerous questions from the media, the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation informs that the request from the Investigative Committee of Russia for the extradition of Russian citizen Vladislav Baumgertner for bringing him to criminal responsibility was examined in the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia. The documents were studied and a request for the extradition of Baumgertner to Russia was sent to the Prosecutor General's Office of Belarus on October 22,” a representative of the Russian prosecution agency said.

We remind that Baumgertner was detained in Minsk on August 26. The Investigation Committee of Belarus charged him with abuse of power (part 3 of article 424 of the Criminal Code).

Belarusian investigators think the illegal actions by Baumgertner and other top managers of the Belarusian Potash Company (BPC) caused damage of $100 million to Belaruskali and BPC.

The detention of Baumgertner provoked a negative reaction of Russia. Minsk called to control emotions and not to link the criminal case against Baumgertner with politics.

Baumgertner was released from the KGB jail and placed under house arrest on September 26. He is in a flat in Minsk now.

Belarusian investigators specified charges against Baumgertner in early October. “Charges against Baumgertner and other persons involved in the criminal case were specified on the ground of additional evidence obtained by investigators,” the Investigation Committee of Belarus said on October 4.