The representative of the gendarmerie of Argentina confirmed to RBC the authenticity of photos of the IL-96 aircraft of the special detachment “Russia” in Buenos Aires. Previously, the administration of affairs of the president called the pictures fake.
Published photographic material is official, and it is present in the materials of the investigation.
📷Las valijas fueron acondicionadas. Los investigadores atentos vigilaban para poder así desarticular la organización criminal. #OperativoDoceReinas #narcotráfico #BuenosAires #Moscú pic.twitter.com/xcfurFRpcS
— Gendarmería Nacional (@gendarmeria) February 22, 2018
RBC was unable to promptly contact by telephone the official representative of the presidential affairs department, Elena Krylova. Previously, she denied the involvement of the IL-96 aircraft in the case of smuggling cocaine. Krylov argued that journalists made conclusions based on inaccurate information – “a photo that can be easily falsified by modern technologies.”
Earlier, the gendarmerie of Argentina published photos and videos of the Il-96 aircraft with suitcases with “cocaine”, which was replaced with flour for special operation. At one of the staff was seen its on-board number 96023. As RBC pointed out, the Il-96 liner with the same number uses the “Russia” flying squad that serves the top officials of the state.
On February 22 it became known that the smugglers attempted to send almost 400 kilograms of cocaine from Buenos Aires to Moscow. Bags with the substance found in February 2016 in school at the Russian embassy. Cocaine was replaced with flour and GPS receivers were installed to track the purpose of the load. He was brought to Russia by diplomatic mail. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation asserts that cocaine belonged to the employee of the technical staff of the institution, who by that time had ended his business trip.
In Russia, the case is investigated under the article on attempted smuggling of drugs and the distribution of narcotic drugs (articles 30, 229.1 and 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). In Moscow, arrested officially unemployed Abyanov Ali, the former general director of “Center of legal services” Vladimir Kalmykov and former manager on wholesales Ishtimir Khudzhamov.
In Buenos Aires, Argentine policeman Ivan Bliznyuk and a native of Vladivostok Alexander Chikalo were detained. On the website of the consulate they appear as the president and vice-president of the fund “Russian Orthodox patrons in Latin America.” The case also features unidentified persons who allegedly participated in drug trafficking between Russia and Argentina.