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    Russian Embassy Clarifying If Two People Detained in UK Have Russian Citizenship

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    Russia’s Embassy in the United Kingdom is clarifying the circumstances of the detention of two alleged Russian nationals and the state’s citizenship of the men, the embassy's spokesperson told Sputnik.

    LONDON (Sputnik) – On Sunday, London Metropolitan police said its detectives charged two Russian nationals, namely, Vugar Mollachiev and Abdurahman Bazaev with conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering and added that the defendants would appear before the court on Monday.

    The two man are charged in case of the laundering of money illegally obtained from malware attacks in Britain, according to the statement by police.

    "The embassy is aware of the detention of the individuals. Presently, the circumstances [of detention] and possession of Russian citizenship are being clarified," the spokesperson said Sunday.

    The individuals were detained late on Friday on suspicion of intention to defraud UK banks of over $2.4 million.


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      How can it be a "suspicion" if Police say they were trying to steal $2.4?
      How do they know the exact amount?
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      Medvezhonokin reply toloverussia(Show commentHide comment)
      loverussia, as with all alleged criminal offences under English law, the alleged offence remains a 'suspicion' until the accused person either admits their guilt or they are found guilty by a court of law. Alleged cases of fraud are time-consuming and expensive to bring to trial - so, particularly in cases such as this, the prosecutor would aim to ensure that there is enough evidence to be reasonably confident of obtaining a 'guilty' verdict at trial - if this were not the case, it is most likely that the case would not be brought to trial. Thus the police would not charge someone with fraud unless they had already investigated the matter and at least thought they knew the basic grounds of suspicion, including the amounts allegedly defrauded and from whom. I hope that helps.

      As ever, it is important to stress that these are merely allegations and suspicions until a court of law decides whether they are more likely to be true than untrue. There are two reasons for this: firstly, to protect the defendant's right to a fair trial; secondly, to protect those in the media who report on or comment on the alleged events from libel proceedings.
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