News from Russia: Thailand vows to extradite Russian businessman sought on corruption charges - RFE/RL

13:33 Aug. 28, 2016

Thailand vows to extradite Russian businessman sought on corruption charges - RFE/RL

Lumphini Park in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 26, 2016 (AP Photo)

Russian investigators allege that Smolnikov embezzled funds allocated under that contract and fled the country

Russia's embassy in Thailand says Thai authorities have agreed to extradite a Russian businessman and local lawmaker from Russia's Khakassia Republic who is sought on corruption charges.

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The embassy told TASS on August 28 that Thailand has confirmed that Russian citizen Vasily Smolnikov would be sent back to Russia in late September to face criminal charges of large-scale embezzlement and attempting to bribe a public official.

Smolnikov, a member of the city council of Chernogorsk, is the founder of the Chernogorskotdelstroy Company - a firm contracted to rebuild houses in the village of Shira in Khakassia that had been damaged by fire in April 2015. Full story 

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