Three Russians on the Lam From Major Theft Charges Arrested in Israel

Accused of stealing over 100 billion rubles ($323 million) in prime Moscow properties; fourth suspect busted in Germany; extradition process to begin.


Three Russians accused of stealing prime Moscow properties worth more than 10 billion rubles ($323 million) have been arrested in Israel, the Russian Legal Information Agency reported, quoting a Monday dispatch in the Kommersant newspaper.

A fourth suspect was arrested in Germany. Russia is now seeking the quartet's extradition.

According to the Interior Ministry, the suspects who are living in Israel have been summoned to a police station, where they were notified that they were on the international wanted list and then released on their own recognizance with a pledge to appear in court when summoned, the newspaper wrote.

They were identified by Russia's Interior Ministry as Alexei Bolotin and Leonid Dunayev, co-owners of Finance Business Bank, and Alexander Dunayev, director of Project Asset Management Company. Businessman Farid Valeyev was arrested and released on bail in Germany.

The men are alleged to have fraudulently obtained ownership of 120 properties in the Russian capital, including the 17th- and 18th-century homes of Russian princes. They have also been charged with fraud over their ownership of compressed natural gas fueling stations near Moscow.