UNCLAS VILNIUS 000355
STATE FOR EUR/NB
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV ENRG EFIN KCRM KJUS PHUM LH RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN BANKER BABENKO'S PRISON TIME EXTENDED;
AWAITS ASYLUM AND/OR EXTRADITION
REF: 05 VILNIUS 949
Â¶1. A Vilnius court extended the imprisonment of former
Russian banker Igor Babenko for three months on April 7.
After the Vilnius court ruled on September 8, 2005, to
extradite Babenko (reftel), the Migration Department
subsequently granted asylum status on January 30. The
Prosecutor General appealed the asylum and Babenko will
remain in prison for three months pending the outcome of the
appeal. The appeals court began hearing the case on April 11.
Â¶2. Russia requested Babenko's extradition to pursue
allegations that he laundered USD 12 million of Yukos-owned
Menatep Bank funds.