Russia will demand extradition of Baumgertner
14:22, — Politics
The Investigation Committee of Russia has opened a criminal case against Vladislav Baumgertner, Director General of the company Uralkali.
The news was released by Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Investigation Committee of Russia, on 14 October.
Vladislav Baumgertner now faces charges of abuse of authority as specified by article 201 of the Criminal Code of Russia.
Earlier following the relevant request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia the Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus sent a total of 19 volumes of date concerning the Belarusian investigation against Vladislav Baumgertner.
The official website of the Investigation Committee of Russia reads that after reviewing the materials sent by the Belarusian side the Investigation Committee of Russia initiated a criminal case against Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ZAO Belarusian Potash Company, Director General of OAO Uralkali Vladislav Baumgertner, former first deputy head of ZAO Belarusian Potash Company Konstantin Solodovnikov and other persons upon the elements of crime specified by part 2, article 201 of the Criminal Code of Russia (abuse of authority).
The materials indicate that, while employed in managerial positions, these individuals abused their authority contrary to legal interests of their companies and for the sake of securing profits and advantages for other persons. Their actions resulted in substantial damage and major consequences for Belarusian Potash Company and Belaruskali.
In the near future the Russian investigation authorities will decide on naming Vladislav Baumgertner as a defendant and on choosing the pre-trial restriction. After that in line with part 1, article 12 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation the Investigation Committee will prepare documents to get the defendant extradited to the Russian Federation. Procedural decisions will be made with regard to other persons involved in the criminal case, including decisions on naming the defendants and choosing pre-trial restrictions.
Since the materials sent by the Belarusian side contain information about other violations committed by the top managers of ZAO Belarusian Potash Company and OAO Uralkali, the information will have to be fully verified as part of the criminal case investigation while a relevant legal evaluation of the committed actions will be given, said the Investigation Committee of Russia.