Argentine cocaine brought to the Russian colony – Picture of the day – Kommersant

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The Dorogomilovsky Court of Moscow announced the verdict in a high-profile case of an attempt to transport almost 400 kg of cocaine disguised as a diplomatic bag from Argentina to Europe. Despite the fact that the jury, when delivering a guilty verdict, considered that the defendants deserved leniency, the terms turned out to be very impressive. Businessman Andrei Kovalchuk, recognized as the organizer of traffic, received 18 years in prison and a fine of 1.8 million rubles, three of his accomplices – from 14 to 17 years in prison, also with fines.

The verdict, which was announced today in the Dorogomilovsky court of the capital, is based on the decision of the jury, issued at the end of last year. Then, as told by Kommersant, the votes of the assessors were divided: four found the defendants guilty, two did not. At the same time, according to the decision of the jury, all the defendants deserved indulgence.

However, even taking into account this circumstance, the terms of punishment were very severe. Andrei Kovalchuk received 18 years (plus a fine of 1.8 million rubles), his accomplices Ali Abyanov, Vladimir Kalmykov, Ishtimir Khudzhamov – respectively, 17 years (1.6 million rubles fine), 16 years (1 million rubles) and 13 years (900 thousand rubles). No one pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.

Andrei Kovalchuk claimed that he had nothing to do with drugs, but was engaged in the supply of elite cigars, coffee and semi-precious stones, three other defendants claimed that they did not know about the contents of the suitcases intended to be sent from Buenos Aires to Moscow, trusting Andrei Kovalchuk.

As previously told Kommersant, in November 2016, the supply manager of the Russian Embassy in Argentina, Igor Rogov, in the school back room came across 12 large suitcases packed in special paper, on which there were wax seals, so that the cargo looked like diplomatic mail. The suitcases had stickers with the name of the sender – Andrei Kovalchuk – and an indication of his mobile phone number. The supply manager, who took up his duties shortly before, informed the embassy officer in charge of security about the find.

There were bags of cocaine in the suitcases. Argentinean police were notified of the find. As a result, an operational combination was carried out, during which the suitcases were delivered to Moscow at the end of 2017, and businessmen Vladimir Kalmykov and Ishtimir Khudzhamov were detained upon receipt at the Foreign Ministry base. A little later, the former supply manager of the diplomatic mission, Ali Abyanov, was detained. Then Germany also extradited Andrei Kovalchuk. Two more participants in drug trafficking were detained in Argentina, their trial is still ongoing. It is worth noting that by the time the suitcases were delivered to Moscow, they contained packages of flour, and the Argentine police burned the cocaine in the crematorium.

Alexander Alexandrov

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