The defendant in the «cocaine scandal» in Argentina, Andrei Kovalchuk denies their guilt of drug smuggling. He claims that he bought in Argentina a batch of coffee that was supposed to deliver the plane to Moscow. It is reported by «Rosbalt», citing its own sources.
According to Kovalchuk, in July 2016 he bought in Buenos Aires a batch of coffee, cigars and cognac. He said that the purchase will confirm receipts and eyewitness accounts. Cargo placed in a utility room of the school under the Embassy, where the caretaker worked for a friend of Kovalchuk Ali Aslanov. In November of the same year Avianova fired, and the transfer of cases to the new caretaker, he warned that in the room kept things Kovalchuk.
Andrei Kovalchuk said that there is no relationship to drugs has not. He added that access to the room had many workers, and suggested that someone tampered with a batch of coffee for cocaine. He stated that he tried repeatedly to pick up your item, but he refused.
By December 2017 in the premises of the accumulated things and other former employees of the Embassy of Argentina, including Avianova. For their transportation to Moscow Kovalchuk has hired a private jet.
According to “Rosbalt“ Kovalchuk planned in the near future to fly to Moscow and testify, but because of the scandal, decided to postpone the trip. According to the FSB of the Russian Federation, now Kovalchuk is located in Germany.
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.
The case of the supply of cocaine through the Russian Embassy in Argentina: probable organizer of the smuggling claims, which bought a batch of coffee 28.02.2018