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Italy: Russian wanted by US flees

The son of a Russian official arrested in Italy at Washington’s request was put under an electronic bracelet and passed out in a forest the day after the Italian judiciary decided to extradite him to the United States, an Italian newspaper reported on Friday. .

Artyom Oz, the son of the governor of the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk, Aleksandr Oz, is wanted by Washington in connection with the illegal sale of American technology to arms companies in Russia.

He was arrested at Milan’s Malpensa Airport in October. He was placed under house arrest with an electronic bracelet pending a court decision on his extradition to the United States.

On Tuesday, an Italian judge gave the green light to extradite him, and Artium Oz disappeared the next day.

According to “La Repubblica” newspaper, at the end of Wednesday morning, at his home near Milan, Mr. Ouss was searched by the Carabinieri, but an electronic bracelet alarm went off at lunchtime. detected.

The newspaper mentions the possibility that he is already abroad, which is supported by the daily “Corriere della Sera”.

“Currently, the involvement of the Moscow secret services in helping this escape is not excluded,” the newspaper added.

Artiom Ouss, along with four Russians and two Venezuelan oil brokers, is suspected of buying electronic components to fit planes, radars or missiles from the United States and reselling them to arms companies. .

The network is suspected of using the same front company to transfer hundreds of millions of barrels of Venezuelan oil to Russia and China.

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“As a father, I am very worried about my son. I don’t know where he is or what happened. According to Artyom, I can say that the apartment where he stayed was well guarded by the Carabinieri. We visited him several times, even at night. So I can’t understand how he could have disappeared. Can’t understand,” his father, Alexandre Oz, responded to the press in Russia on Friday.

Commenting on the allegations against his son, Mr. Oz felt that “it was completely fabricated” and that Artyom had found himself at the heart of a “geopolitical game”.