Contents tagged with Argentina

  • Germany hands over to Russia the 'cocaine case' suspect

    Germany handed over to Russia Andres Kovalchuk, a businessman who has been charged with organizing cocaine smuggling from Argentina through diplomatic channels, reported Vladimir Zherebenkov, his lawyer.

    The laywer said that Kovalchuk is in Matrosskaya Tishina detention center and refuses to answer investigators' questions.

    Zherebenkov did not specify the exact time his client was extradited.

    Nevertheless, Kovalchuk's lawyers in Germany appealed against the authorities' decision to extradite …

  • Russian ambassador from 'cocaine case' moves from Argentina to Mexico

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree relieving Russian ambassador to Argentina Viktor Koronelli, who informed the Argentine authorities about the discovery of cocaine in the back room of the school attached to the embassy. Another presidential decree appointed Koronelli to the post of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia in Mexico, relieving his predecessor, Eduard Malayan, from office.

    Viktor Koronelli called his appointment to the post a great honor and trust, …

  • Defendant held in Germany in 'Russian Embassy cocaine case' refuses extradition to Russia

    The defendant in the recent “cocaine case,” Andrei Kovalchuk is in a Berlin prison awaiting his trial. It turns out that despite having a Russian passport Kovalchuk did not officially obtain citizenship of the Russian Federation, Rosbalt news outlet reports.  Kovalchuk considers himself a “citizen of the world”. He continues to maintain his innocence, insisting that he was the victim of provocation.

    According to Rosbalt, Andrei Kovalchuk is now being held in Moabit prison in Berlin that has a …

  • Russian diplomats leave UK on plane involved in cocaine case

    On Tuesday March 20, the Russian diplomats who were expelled from London due to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter left the UK on the Il-96 aircraft featured in the Argentine cocaine scandal, Evropeiska Pravda reports.

    A British TV channel published photographs from the Stansted airport, where the 23 Russian diplomats and their families boarded a plane to leave the country.

    Interestingly, the diplomats were sent to Moscow on an Il-96 plane with hull number RA-96023 which belongs …

  • Media: Russian who smuggled cocaine from Argentina turned out to be a Colonel in the Russian Special Services

    The alleged organizer of the cocaine supply chain from Argentina to Europe, Andrei Kovalchuk, has never worked for the German company Golden Mile, the company’s head, Konstantin Loskutnikov, told RTVD OstWest TV.

    The entrepreneur said that the alleged drug baron was introduced to him a few years ago by an employee of Gazprom Germany. "He introduced himself as a Colonel, the head of Special Services, who oversees or deals with embassies and consulates in Europe, Asia, and Latin America," …

  • Argentine police confirms authenticity of photo with Russian government plane being loaded with cocaine

    The photographs with the hull number of the plane from the Russia Special Flight Detachment in Buenos Aires are authentic, the Argentine Gendarmerie said on Tuesday, February 27.

    Earlier, official Russian Presidential Administration representative Elena Krylova said that the photographs are forgeries, and denied that the government airliner was involved in the “cocaine case”.

    “Journalists have drawn conclusions on the basis of unreliable information – in this case photographs which can be …

  • Media: Cocaine smuggled through Russian embassy was brought from Argentina to Russia on government aircraft

    The plane that was loaded with suitcases of cocaine in Argentina had the same hull number as an Il-96 airliner that is part of the Russia Special Flight Detachment which serves Russian senior officials, RBC news agency reports.

    At the end of the operation to clamp down on the drugs supply channel from Argentina to Russia, the Argentine Gendarmerie published a photograph and a video on Twitter. These show the aircraft’s hull number – 96023. An airliner with the same number became part of the …

  • Kremlin denies that top official's plane was used to transport cocaine from Argentina to Russia

    The plane belonging to Current Russian Security Council Secretary and former Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Nikolai Patrushev was not used to transport suitcases of cocaine as part of a joint Russian-Argentine intelligence operation. A statement to this effect was made by the Russian Security Council on Sunday, Interfax reports.

    “This is someone’s imagination and a fake,” the state advisory body stressed. An Interfax source remarked that the aircraft in question was not intended to …

  • 389 kilograms of cocaine found in Russian Embassy in Argentina

    Ivan Bliznyuk, a local police officer and the son of Russian immigrants, was detained at Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina after arriving from Rome with an acquaintance on February 21. He is suspected of involvement in the creation of a cocaine supply chain to Russia. This was reported by the local publication Clarin.

    Thanks to his knowledge of the language, he acted as the "connecting link" between Argentine police and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of …

  • Putin offers to supply Argentina with rocket engines

    Russia may ship rocket engines to Argentina, and Roskosmos “could offer recommendations for the creation of space technology” said President Vladimir Putin after talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, TASS reports. Moscow may also supply Buenos Aires with fuel for its space rocket technology, the president added.

    “Russia and Argentina are establishing collaboration in the peaceful exploration of the cosmos, there are ideas for cooperation in the area of remote probing of the earth and …