Soon after the liberation of Vinogradov, the Slovak edition of Aktuality.sk tried to find out how much the refusal of extradition could cost. I mean, what kind of bribe must be paid to turn it around. We can talk about amounts up to a million euros, but apparently the figure will not exceed 200 thousand. The publication published another quote from the note, the authorship of which is associated with a fugitive Russian businessman: “Do you understand that now you need to pay a lot of money for a criminal case, when half of this money can be solved in Slovakia about political asylum?”
Our colleagues from Bratislava continue to monitor the development of history with the abolition of the extradition of Valentin Vinogradov to Russia and the possible granting of asylum to him in Slovakia. The interest of local newspapers in this strange case lies on the surface. Last spring, investigative journalist Jan Kutsiak was killed in the capital of the country with his girlfriend. A likely reason for the reprisal against him is the preparation of material on the relationship of two advisers to Prime Minister Robert Fico with organized crime. According to Deutsche Welle, the murder of a journalist sparked a discussion in Slovakia about the need for new elections, as well as whether Slovakia is a rule-of-law democratic state or is it ruled by the mafia.
Against the background of all this, it becomes clear why Valentin Vinogradov chose exactly Slovakia for political asylum. As we recall, the local police detained him on an international warrant at a time when a fugitive Russian spent time at the races surrounded by the local elite.
It would be interesting to know how the European Commissioner for Justice Vera Yurova would react to this whole situation. Some time ago, she seemed to support the campaign against Golden Visas, which was launched by Portugal’s MP Gomez. The latter accused businessmen receiving residence permits in exchange for investment in money laundering, and the authorities of their home country - corruption. Portuguese history looks like a childish prank on the background of what is happening in Slovakia around the figure of Valentin Vinogradov and his money.