After an Italian court on Tuesday approved the extradition of a Russian citizen to US judicial authorities, he went on the run. The Russian was under house arrest in an apartment in Milan awaiting extradition. He is now wanted across Lombardy, Italian media reported.
Oil supplies from Venezuela?
Russians are accused of supplying oil from Venezuela in violation of sanctions. He was arrested last October at Milan’s Malpensa Airport on an international arrest warrant and is now under house arrest for violating the embargo on Venezuela and bank fraud.
A Milan appeals court announced Tuesday that it had agreed to extradite Artem U., but only on two of the four charges against him in the United States. His lawyer can now appeal to the Supreme Court in Rome to block his client’s deportation.
Thus, the appeals court refused to extradite the Russians for money laundering and smuggling military technology from the United States to Russia. U.S. prosecutors last year charged the man and four Russian nationals with providing military technology from U.S. manufacturers to Russian buyers, some of which was used on the battlefield in Ukraine. According to prosecutors, they used a German company to supply Russian buyers with military technology and Venezuelan oil.
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