The alleged organizer of the cocaine supply through the Embassy of Russia in Argentina to Russia Andrei Kovalchuk called himself a person close to power structures, writes the Republic, citing two knowledgeable source.
The interlocutor of the edition told that Kovalchuk was often on the territory of the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires and were free to visit, although not working in a diplomatic mission. Before coming to Argentina Kovalchuk met with another defendant in the case – Ali Abyanova.
Source Republic said that Abanov performed technical tasks in the structure of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and for several years was engaged in repair at the German Embassy in Moscow, where at the same time worked Kovalchuk.
In a publication includes the materials of the case, according to which the former General Director of LLC «Center of legal services» Vladimir Kalmykov, a former Manager of the Moscow company Istimer Khudzhamov and unemployed of Abijanov was detained in Russia on 13 December 2017.
14 December 2017, the Tver court arrested them for two months in the case of the production, sale or shipment of narcotics in especially large size. According to the Republic, all the defendants deny their guilt and called the charges a provocation, while the Kalmyks is cooperating with the investigation.
Kalmykov and Khudzhamov told the court that waited from Argentina a cargo of coffee, not cocaine.
About the criminal case on the international drug trade, involving Russian diplomats, it became known on February 22. The investigation began in December 2016, when the Russian Ambassador in Argentina Victor koronelli found 12 suitcases with the drug in the building of the Embassy school.
Koronelli reported a suspicious finding Argentinian authorities. Those found in suitcases 389 kg of cocaine, which cost in Russia could amount to about €50 million.
February 22, Argentine media reported that the law enforcement agencies of Argentina and Russia conducted a joint operation and not given to establish a drug trafficking via the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires. Party drug could to prepare for the implementation of the world football championship in Russia this summer, when the price of goods would rise several times.
According to The Telegraph, the Russians, who organized a scheme to smuggle diplomatic mail from Argentina to Russia 389 kilograms of cocaine, announced wanted through Interpol. As the newspaper wrote the plan of Russian drug dealers and diplomats have suggested that drugs in Russia will deliver aircraft to the Secretary of the Russian security Council Nikolai Patrushev.
Package with drugs was replaced by bags of flour. In bags mounted GPS receivers to track the delivery. In December 2017 the flour under the guise of cocaine was brought to Russia by diplomatic mail in the plane Patrushev, who visited Argentina to represent Russia at the inauguration of President Mauricio Macri.
Then was arrested a former employee of the Embassy in Argentina of Abanov and came for the Luggage, Kalmyks and Khudzhamov. In Argentina, was arrested Ivan Bliznyuk, who had allegedly purchased cocaine and his friend Alexander Chica, carrying suitcases at the airport.
A suspect in arranging the supply of cocaine through the Embassy of the Russian Federation spoke about his connection with the secret services 27.02.2018