Official Says Russian Accused Of Weapons Smuggling Extradited To Ukraine By Czech Republic

BORYSPIL, Ukraine -- A Russian national wanted on illegal weapons trading charges, was extradited Saturday to Ukraine from the Czech Republic, Ukrainian authorities said.

Oleg Orlov arrived on a flight to Boryspil airport outside the capital, Kyiv, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olena Melnyk said.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Orlov of smuggling an unspecified number of missiles of at least two types to China in May 2000, using falsified documents. In January 2002, he allegedly also smuggled at least one radar system to Eritrea using fake documents which stated the recipient should have been Romania.

In both cases, Orlov allegedly delivered the weapons with state-run company Ukrspetseksport, Ukraine's weapons exporting agency.

Orlov was arrested in the Czech Republic in 2004, shortly after a warrant for his arrest was issued in Ukraine. His request for asylum was rejected, and a court ruled last year that he could be extradited.

Source: AP