Russia contacts Thailand to prevent Russian extradition to U.S.


Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office have contacted the Thai authorities to try and prevent unjustified extradition to the United States of a Russian detained in Thailand, the spokesman for the Prosecutor General’s Office, Aleksander Kurennoi said on Thursday.

“Following an order of Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika, the Prosecutor General’s Office alongside the Interior Ministry are in contact with Thailand’s competent bodies with the aim to protect the rights and freedoms of a Russian citizen which were endorsed by universally recognized international norms and to prevent his unjustified extradition to the U.S.,” Kurennoi said.

“Ukrainsky flatly denies his involvement in the activities incriminated to him by the U.S. side,” Kurennoi said.

Earlier, Thailand’s newspaper The Nation reported that Thai police had arrested Dmitry Ukrainsky, 44, and citizen of Uzbekistan Olga Komova, 25, suspected of stealing $28.5 million from bank accounts of citizens of several countries. Tourist Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal said the Russian man was arrested in Pattaya where he was running firms renting yachts to tourists. The Uzbekistani woman was arrested at a hotel on Koh Chang where she was working, the Nation says.

Surachet said the two suspects were involved in sending malware to emails of their victims and the malware sent back usernames and passwords of online bank accounts in the United States, Australia, Japan, Britain, Italy and Germany. The FBI has traced the transactions and found that they were wired to Thailand, so the FBI sought help from the Immigration Bureau to arrest the two suspects, according to the newspaper.