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Desert Bandit

Russia expects 'straightforward' extradition

Russia does not foresee problems in extraditing a suspected mob boss who was captured in Thailand, an embassy official said yesterday.

We are just waiting for Interpol officers to come to Bangkok and begin the extradition process," said Alexander Myrkin, a press officer at the Russian Embassy.

Alexander Matusov was captured on Wednesday in Chon Buri. He is accused of leading a criminal group in Russia that has been responsible for more than 60 murders and other criminal activity. He was known as "Desert Bandit."

Matusov entered Thailand in 2009 using a fake passport and has been living in the country on a retirement visa ever since, Immigration Police in Chon Buri said.

"This [extradition] will not be a long process like the Viktor Bout case. We expect it to be straightforward," Myrkin said.

Arms dealer Viktor Bout was at the centre of a long extradition battle between Russia and the United States. He was extradited to the US in 2010 after spending two years in a Thai prison.


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