U.S. deports Russian citizen put on Interpol's list almost 20 years ago

Gennady Gavrilets, accused of organizing murder, delivered to Moscow

A Russian citizen who was put on Interpol's international wanted list for masterminding murder has been deported from the United States to Russia, Russian Interior Ministry spokesperson Irina Volk told Interfax.

"Russian citizen Gennady Gavrilets, 47, accused of organizing murder, was deported from the U.S. today. He was placed on the international wanted list via Interpol's channels at the request of the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow in December 1998," she said.

The decision on the man's deportation was adopted even despite the absence of an appropriate treaty between the U.S. and Russia, Volk said.

Gavrilets, accompanied by U.S. immigration service officers, was delivered to the Sheremetyevo-2 airport, where he was placed in Russian police officers' charge, she said.

The press service of the Russian Investigative Committee's Moscow branch said later that Gavrilets was suspected of involvement in the murder of his business partner. Investigators said Gavrilets had hired Marat Akhunov, Valery Sopronov, Ilya Ilyukhin and Viktor Ivanov, who shot dead his business partner near an apartment building in Moscow's Shipilovsky Passage in April 1997.

In 1999, a court sentenced the perpetrators of the murder to lengthy terms in a high-security prison, the press service said.

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