Montenegro extradites University president charged with embezzlement to Russia
MOSCOW, July 30 (RAPSI) — Montenegro has extradited to Russia president of the Pushkin University in the Leningrad region Vyacheslav Skvortsov, who stands charged in a criminal case over embezzlement of about 2.5 million rubles ($35,000), the Prosecutor General's Office informs on Friday.
Investigators allege that Skvortsov, when holding his post with the State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education of the Leningrad Region Leningrad State University named after A.S. Pushkin, together with the head of the institution’s Altai branch embezzled 2,491,333 rubles.
The alleged accomplices transferred this amount to their personal bank accounts under the guise of paying for civil law contracts (contracts for the provision of services for a fee), which were not actually concluded and not executed, the body said in a statement.
Skvortsov fled from justice in Russia, so in February 2021 he was put on the international wanted list and apprehended on the territory of Montenegro in March.
Thanks to the close cooperation of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation with the competent authorities of Montenegro, it was possible to achieve a positive decision on his extradition. Accompanied by officers of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and the Russian Bureau of Interpol, Vyacheslav Skvortsov is to arrive to Russia today, the press release reads.