Thailand has transferred two Russian citizens suspected of large contraband from China and money laundering, Russian Prosecutor General’s Office press secretary Marina Gridneva told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
Valery Bovsun and Andrei Ustinov “smuggled over 300 train car loads of consumer goods with the total worth exceeding $70 million from China in 2006-2009. They laundered the profit and bought real estate in Thailand,” Gridneva said.
Both men were put on the international wanted list in 2009.
The Thai police reported on July 20 that the Russians were detained on suspicion of laundering $25 million. They had been living in the resort town of Pattaya for less than a year.
Russian prosecutors sent the extradition request to Thailand in July. Negotiations involving a representative of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office resulted in an agreement on the quick extradition of the suspects.
On July 23 Thailand transferred Russian citizen Andrei Kozlov who was sentenced by the Kovrov Town Court in the Vladimir region this January for an attempt to sell 100 grams of marijuana in fall 2009.
That was the first extradition of suspects from Thailand in the past seven years, the Prosecutor General’s Office said.