First ever Russian citizen to be extradited by United Kingdom

Maxim Vintskevich, accused of murder through carelessness, will become the first Russian citizen to be extradited by the United Kingdom.

"British competent bodies will extradite Russian citizen Maxim Vintskevich today at the Prosecutor General's Office demand," Prosecutor General's Office spokesperson Marina Gridneva told Interfax on Thursday.

"This is the first real extradition from England," she said.

Vintskevich has been charged with deliberate infliction of a grave bodily injury by a group of people leading to the victim's death through carelessness (Criminal Code Article 111 Part 4).

After a criminal case was opened against him, Vintskevich went into hiding and has been on the wanted list since 2005. Then he was declared internationally wanted under Prosecutor General\'s Office instruction in 2011, and it turned out four months later that he was in the United Kingdom, she said.

A Russian deputy prosecutor general sent an extradition request for Vintskevich to the British Home Office in January 2012.

"His extradition was a subject of consultations between the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, the British Home Office, and the Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales, including during the last visit of the leadership of the Prosecutor General's Office international legal cooperation department to London last November," she said.

Vintskevich did not appeal his extradition, Gridneva said. "In February of this year, the British home secretary decided to extradite Vintskevich to the Russian Federation," she said.

A Russian law enforcement source told Interfax in February that a 32-year-old resident of St. Petersburg charged with causing grave bodily injuries leading to death would be extradited from the UK.

The source noted that British authorities had sanctioned extradition of several Russians before, but these decisions were never followed through.

"In fact, Britain confined itself only to declarations, but this time around we are talking about real extradition of a man accused of committing a serious crime," he said.

Prosecutor Genera\'s Office earlier complained that London was unwilling to grant extraditions of Russians accused of various crimes at home.

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