This turned out to be quite an interesting question, in a gruesome
sort of a way. Russia and Hungary tightened their extradition
arrangements in 1998, and since then there have been a fairly steady
stream of criminals and would-be criminals involved in extraditions
from Hungary to Russia. However, most of these extraditions have
been for charges of violent crimes such as murder or terrorism.
There have been only three extraditions of note that dealt with
charges of monetary crimes. I have listed these below.
If anything about this list is not clear -- or if you need any
additional information -- please let me know before rating this
question. Just post a Request for Clarification, and I'll be happy to
assist you further.
All text below are verbatim extracts from newspaper articles, except
for text in brackets, which is my own comments:
July 13, 2001
Major swindler extradited by Hungary to Russia
Anatoli Kuropatov, 36, was sent from Budapest to Moscow by an Aeroflot
flight on Friday, escorted by officers of the Hungarian National
Interpol Central Bureau. An international arrest warrant was issued
for Kuropatov on charges of major swindling...
Hungarian News Agency (MTI)
October 14, 2003
ISRAELI DIAMOND TRADER IN EXTRADITION CUSTODY IN BUDAPEST
Israeli diamond trader Avraham Traub, deputy president of the Israeli
Diamond Exchange, is currently under extradition detention in
Budapest...Traub, a Russian-Israeli dual citizen, had been detained at
Budapest's Ferihegy Airport when trying to enter the country, in
response to an Interpol warrant naming him as a suspected smuggler...
...The extradition proceeding will be handled by the Russian and
Hungarian Ministries of Justice...
The Observer (London)
February 18, 2001
COMMODITIES OUT OF CONTROL: Siberia's great smelting pot: Should
Western banks do business with a Russian aluminium giant accused of
murder, extortion, fraud and money laundering? Why ever not, ask the
Russian Aluminium has an annual turnover of more than Dollars 5
billion, produces one in every 10 tonnes of the world's primary
aluminium, and the commodities finance specialists say they can't
afford not to lend to it. But credit committees caution that its
general director and others face a Dollars 2.7 million damages civil
action in a New York court alleging 'numerous criminal acts, including
murder, extortion, mail and wire fraud and money laundering'.
...Anatoly Bykov rose from being head of security at the smelter to
chairman of its board in 1997. By last year his star had fallen and he
fled the country. He was arrested in Hungary in April and extradited
to Russia on murder, gun-running and money-laundering charges.
[NOTE from pafalafa-ga: The Bykov case is, by far, the biggest story
of the past few years regarding an extradition from Hungary to Russia,
for charges ranging from murder to money laundering...there are many
stories on this case.]
[Another note on the Bykov case]
BBC Worldwide Monitoring
March 11, 1999
Hungary willing to extradite Russian billionaire accused of money laundering
...Bykov is being accused of murder, arms smuggling and money
laundering. The businessman, who was detained at Roeszke border
crossing station, has been placed in police custody.
[general deal between Russia and Hungary to facilitate extraditions]
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts
November 9, 1998
Deal on combating the mafia agreed with Russia
Upon receipt of an appropriate Russian arrest warrant Hungary is ready
to extradite perpetrators of organized crime to Moscow. This was
agreed on by the Hungarian and Russian interior ministers [Sandor
Pinter and Sergey Stepashin respectively] during their talks in
Once again, there were many more reports of extradition from Hungary
to Russia, but the cases above appear to be the only ones related to
Let me know if you need any additional information on any or all of these cases.
search strategy: Nexis truncation search on extradi! russi! hungar!