According to data from a source close to the investigation “Kommersant”, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation has already applied for the extradition of accused Smychkovsky to the UK, but the Westminster London Magistrate’s Court rejected the request, citing a lack of submitted documents confirming his involvement in corruption. According to the participants in the process, the English judge for a long time considered a photograph of a tuned Wrangler in the extradition request and eventually doubted that the “farm vehicle” could be the subject of a bribe. “We carry rabbits in these, not people,” said a representative of the magistrates court.
Lawyer Elena Fedulova, representing the person involved in the criminal case on corruption, Alexei Kramarenko, told Kommersant that the defense considers the second bribe incident incriminated to Mr. Smichkovsky and former senior officials of the TFR unreasonable and illegal. “Even at the pre-trial stage, we are planning, within our authority, to interview other witnesses in the case, provide the investigation with convincing evidence that clients are not involved in corruption and thus achieve the termination of their criminal prosecution.”