MIL OSI – Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Russian suspected of fraud was extradited from Thailand convoyed by officers of Russian MIA NCB of Interpol
“Today, officers of the National Central Bureau of Interpol of the Russian MIA ensured the deportation from Thailand of a Russian citizen Aleksandr Smolin accused of a crime stipulated by Part 4 Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation,” said the Russian MIA official representative Irina Volk.
In August 2014, Aleksandr Smolin, acting within an organized group through the Internet, concluded tourist service contracts with citizens on behalf of a tourist company.
The money obtained from citizens was distributed among the gang members. The financial damage inflicted through the fraudulent actions exceeded 1,300,000 rubles.
Intending to avoid criminal liability, in 2014 Aleksandr Smolin escaped from the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Thailand using his tourist visa.
In 2015, the General Investigation Administration of the Investigative Committee of Russia for Saint Petersburg initiated a criminal case against Smolin and other gang members and put Smolin on the Interpol’s wanted list for the purpose of detaining him.
On May 18, upon agreement with the Thai law enforcement bodies, the defendant was deported to Russia.