Germany extradited ex-Russian official accused of fraud

Former official of the Chekhov District Administration of the Moscow Region, Igor Gryzhanov, accused of land fraud, was extradited from Germany to Russia. TASS agency reports with reference to the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation.

According to the investigation, from 2004 to 2016, Gryzhanov and his other accomplices introduced deliberately false information into the boundary documents in order to illegally acquire ownership of land plots in the Chekhov District of the Moscow region. They also prepared forged documents of title on the transfer of land plots with an area of 1,486, 1,353 and 5,099 hectares to the ownership of various organizations and submitted them to the Federal Real Estate Cadastre Agency and the Land Cadastral Chamber.

As a result, the land plots were illegally withdrawn from federal ownership. The damage to the state amounted to over 500 million rubles (about $7 million).

Gryzhanov fled from the investigation, therefore, on behalf of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia, he was put on the wanted list. In August 2020, he was arrested in Germany. The ex-official was taken to Moscow, accompanied by officers of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and the Russian Bureau of Interpol.

Earlier, dangerous criminal Yuri Kalalb, accused of robbery and murder, was extradited from Russia to Germany. On August 3, he was handed over to the German police at Domodedovo airport.