The governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Alexander Uss, said he did not know where his son Artem is now, who, according to Italian media, escaped from house arrest in Italy. Earlier, an Italian court allowed the extradition of Artem Uss to the United States.
“As a father, I am very worried about the fate of my son. I don’t know his whereabouts, as well as the details of what happened,” the head of the region wrote in his Telegram channel.
Mr. Uss stressed that the apartment where his son is "very carefully guarded by the carabinieri", so "it is not clear how he could disappear from there."
Alexander Uss added that, as a lawyer, he is convinced of the complete innocence of his son, and the acts that he is charged with are “not only not criminal, but also not offenses for which he could be fined.” He also drew attention to the fact that the Italian media reporting on the disappearance of Artem Uss illustrate their publications with a photograph of another person - the former assistant to the Krasnoyarsk governor Anton Natarov.
Artem Uss was detained in Milan on October 17, 2022 at the request of the US Department of Justice. US authorities accuse him of smuggling oil, exporting military technology through shell companies and money laundering. He denies guilt. On October 27, Artem Uss was arrested in absentia in Russia on suspicion of money laundering, he was put on the federal wanted list. On December 2, Artem Uss was transferred to house arrest in a suburb of Milan.
On March 21, the court approved extradition Artem Uss in the USA. His lawyers promised to appeal the decision. Yesterday, March 23, the Italian publications La Stampa and ANSA reported that Mr. Uss had escaped from house arrest, breaking electronic bracelet. According to Corriere della SeraUss Jr. may already be outside of Italy.