The defendants in the case of the smuggling of Argentine cocaine to Moscow received from 13 to 18 years in a strict regime colony.
Businessman (and the main defendant in the case) Andrey Kovalchuk received 18 years and 1.8 million rubles fine, supply manager Ali Abyanov – 17 years and 1.6 million rubles fine, Vladimir Kalmykov – 16 years and 1 million rubles fine, and Ishtimir Khudzhamov – 13 years and 900 thousand rubles fine.
Earlier, the jury found the defendants in the case guilty, but deserving of leniency.
The defendants were detained in 2016. Then, on the territory of the school, owned by the Russian diplomatic mission, they found 389 kg of cocaine, which was packaged in 360 bags and 12 suitcases.
The joint investigation of the police of Russia and Argentina lasted more than a year. The main defendant Andrei Kovalchuk did not plead guilty and claimed that the diplomats were to blame for everything, and the cocaine did not belong to him. Dossier Center published large-scale material about the supply of cocaine to Russia through the embassy in Argentina, which called into question the official conclusions of the investigation, according to which Russian diplomats and officials were innocent.
Investigation The Insider, who also read both the Argentinean and Russian case materials, allows us to cast aside the last doubts: the Russian ambassador and other high-ranking diplomats were active organizers of the cocaine drug trafficking, and the Russian authorities actively opposed the punishment of those responsible, ignoring the evidence, obstructing the investigation and organizing hacker attacks .