On Corruption, Again

Radio Echo Moskvy

By Vladimir Krasnov, lawyer

I was looking through the 18 December 2012 edition of the Kommersant daily and suddenly saw something very familiar: a person is hiding in London because of his criminal prosecution in Russia for fraud; Russia demands his extradition, and a court in London, having discovered an appalling level of corruption among those who are supposed to counter it, refused the extradition. What follows was reported by the InterRight information agency on 10 December 2012 (written by A. Sedunov): “The British judge was horrified by video and audio recordings that confirm beyond doubt that high-level officials at the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office in collusion with high-level officials of the Russian Interior Ministry Investigation Department are demanding a bribe of $1 million to drop all criminal charges against the subject. The amount of the bribe was to be divided as follows: $500,000 to Pavel Lapshov, deputy chief of the Investigation Department; $100,000 each to the supervising prosecutors and $100,000 to General Ignashin.”
The situation and the names are from the case of my client Andrey Borodin. He was prosecuted in the same pattern: a false accusation (a loan from the Bank of Moscow to the Premier Estate Company), a fraud charge in his absence, a request sent to London… Continue reading