Former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Alfred Kokh declared internationally wanted on charges of smuggling of cultural property, reports “Interfax” with reference to an informed source. The court in absentia arrested the former Deputy Prime Minister.
“Koch in absentia preventive measure in the form of detention. Now organized by the international search of the accused,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
According to him, Koch is charged with part 1 of article 226 of the criminal code (“Contraband of cultural values”). In a press-service of Moscow city court the Agency announced that February 16 will be considered against the decision of the court of first instance. “On appeal the decision of the Lefortovo court of Moscow on election of a preventive measure”, — said the employee of the court.
At the end of September last year, Alfred Kokh said that he was charged in absentia with smuggling paintings $ 197400 RUB Two friends Koch said that the former official was accused of smuggling, after he tried to take a picture in Germany, which he estimated at about 18 thousand rubles.
The interlocutors noted that for this sum the picture was declared and the customs officers, in turn, “has decided that it is an incredible work of art”. In an interview with “Kommersant” a source close to the investigation, it was said that seized from Koch’s painting was the signature identical to the signature of Isaac Brodsky and Koch presented this picture as a fake.
In November of last year, “Russia 24” referring to sources in FSB has informed that Koch announced in federally wanted on suspicion of trying to illegally repatriate painting by Isaak Brodsky. About the Koch announcement of the Federal investigation also reported “Radio Freedom”.
Lawyer Koch, commenting on this information, stated that he was not notified about declaring his client wanted.