Once a prosperous banker, Konanykhin is suspected of a big swindle, and has been on the international "wanted" list since 1996. The Russian top prosecutor's office duly confirms the need of tracking him every year. The Interpol is keeping the USA and Canada informed about the case, Mr. Pismensky said to Novosti.
"Russia has no bilateral extradition agreements with the USA and Canada, so the matter has to be settled proceeding from Interpol regulations and the involved parties' mutual goodwill. If our overseas colleagues have any doubt on the case, it is up to Russia's Foreign Ministry and the Prosecutor General's officers to negotiate. They will offer whatever supplementary papers that may be necessary. The papers the Foreign Ministry may need are all ready," said our interviewee.
The Interpol has not officially notified Russia to this day about the man detained, he added.
Alexander Konanykhin was detained on the frontier in an attempt to illegally penetrate Canada three weeks ago. The USA deprived him of asylum toward the end of November last, and the suspect was to be deported to Russia within thirty days.