The President: the media are spreading false information about the details of the “cocaine case”

MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia on Tuesday drew attention to a number of blatantly false publications in the media regarding a joint Russian-Argentine operation to curb the supply of drugs in Russia.

The Ministry highlighted a number of fake claims, which are widespread in the press. Among them – information about what drugs prepared for delivery to European markets, was discovered by Argentina and then to investigate joined the Russian Embassy.

“It was exactly the opposite. The drugs were discovered by employees of the Russian Embassy, it is repeatedly stated how the Russian side and our Argentinian partners,” – said the Minister.

Moscow also denied reports that the delivery of drugs was planned to use the diplomatic pouch. “The specified goods could not be sent through diplomatic channels, – emphasized on Smolensk square. – This question demonstrates the ignorance of the mechanism and the way in which deposti, the content of which is determined, of course, non-technical staff of diplomatic missions”.

“In the article “drug Dealers catch on to the suitcases” in the newspaper “Kommersant” on 27 February this year States that “another person involved, a former technical staff of diplomatic missions in Germany Andrei Kovalchuk, avoided arrest by hiding in this country” – reminded in the Ministry. – Once again we ask journalists to clarify “sensational” data – referenced edition of Andrei Kovalchuk has never been a technical staff member of the Russian diplomatic missions in Germany and have never worked in the foreign Ministry of Russia.”

“Not only false, but insulting, and just wild is an article in the online publication 812’ONLINE dated 26 February this year, “Heart attacks Russian diplomats may be associated with the “cocaine business”, – said the Russian foreign Ministry. – Pushing these baseless accusations, the authors of this material obviously had not thought about the feelings of the relatives departed from us diplomats.”

“Unfortunately, in this information the slaughter do not spare even those who are no longer with us,” – said in Russian depodesta. Earlier, several media outlets have speculated about the death of the chief adviser of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Peter Polshikova allegedly due to his connections with drug cartels. “Confirmed his [Polshikova] tragic death [in December 2016 in Moscow] as a result of an accident not associated with the service activity”, – stressed in the foreign Ministry.

The investigation has not been completed

In Moscow said that the investigation is not yet completed. “Ongoing investigations investigated the circumstances of the activities of a criminal group that is working to prosecute its organizers, – explained in the Ministry. In accordance with the Russian legislation the criminal investigation is the prerogative of the investigating authorities, the official comments which is the only reliable source of related information.”

Earlier the foreign Ministry reported that law enforcement agencies of Russia and Argentina conducted a joint operation to curb the supply chain of large quantities of drugs (389 kg of cocaine) to the European market, the arrested suspects – citizens of the Russian Federation and Argentina. According to the Russian foreign Ministry, the shipment of drugs found in one of the buildings of the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires, belonged to an Embassy employee from technical staff, who by that time had already completed the trip.

As reported in the public relations Center of the FSB, to date, in Russia and Argentina detained five suspects (three in Russia and two in Argentina). According to the FSB, the alleged organizer of a criminal group, Andrei Kovalchuk declared wanted by Interpol and allegedly hiding in Germany.

In the Tver court of Moscow reported that Kovalchuk was charged in absentia for drug smuggling, he was arrested in absentia and declared in the international search.