Denmark refuses to extradite former customs officer Sasha Gollandets to RussiaAlexander Panesh (aka; Sasha Gollandets)


In his homeland, Alexander Panesh is accused of swindling and bribery.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Denmark has been unable to extradite former Federal Customs Service officer and lawyer Alexander Panesh to Russia, since he had applied for political asylum in France. According to local laws, the extradition of an applicant for asylum in any country is impossible before a decision is taken on his application. The 43-year-old ex-customs officer was detained at the end of November last year at the international airport in Copenhagen, when he was traveling from France to Lithuania. As a result, he was sent back to France, Kommersant reports.

In Russia, as much as two cases at once (under part 4 of Art. 159 – Swindling on an Especially Large Scale and Art. 291 of the Russian Criminal Code – Bribe-Giving) were initiated against Panesh, also known as Sasha Gollandets (Sasha the Dutchman), in 2016. In 2012, with the mediation of a certain Alexander Kabanov, Panesh volunteered to help the well-known Russian judoka Dmitry Khodanovich acquire real estate in France. However, after receiving more than 5 million euros from him, instead of a villa in France, he offered the athlete to buy a boarding house near Sochi for 350 thousand euros and a house in Nice worth 7 million euros, provided that Khodanovich pays the difference. Realizing he had been duped, the sportsman began to claim his money back. The negotiations lasted until 2015. When Khodanovich finally decided to appeal to the law enforcement agencies, he learned that a criminal case had already been initiated against him for allegedly stealing a watch Urwerk 103 worth 5 million rubles ($90.000) from Kabanov.

Later, this watch was found during a search in Khodanovich’s apartment. But as can be seen on the surveillance tape, officers of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department themselves planted it there. It turned out that this operation had been organized by Panesh with the help of his friend from the MIA Main Criminal Investigation Department Sergey Abrosenko in exchange for a remuneration of more than 1 million euros. After receiving part of this money, the latter involved his colleagues Dmitry Alferov and Stanislav Maksimov. All security officials were detained; they were charged with Exceeding Official Powers(Art. 286) and Falsification of Evidence (Art. 303). Later, Kabanov was also detained. All of them received jail time, and Panesh managed to escape abroad, which is why he was put on the international wanted list.

Panesh’s lawyer Vadim Bagaturiya told Kommersant that initially there had been no any question of real estate acquisition. Dealing in trade in second-hand vehicles, Khodanovich decided to withdraw this amount abroad, but intermediary Maksim Likhanov, whom he had given the money, was detained, and all funds were seized, to which there is documentary evidence, the lawyer claims.

It is noteworthy that it is not Panesh’s first attempt to find refuge abroad. In 2006, when he worked in the Kaluga region administration, he became a suspect in Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Russian Criminal Code). Back then, Sasha Gollandets, who earned this moniker for doing flower deliveries from Holland, hurriedly went on a business trip to Serbia, from where he sent a letter of resignation. Although, the charges against Alexander Panesh were then lifted, and he returned to Russia.


BACKGROUND: Internationally wanted former customs officer Sasha Gollandets detained in Denmark


Alexander Panesh is accused of fraud and bribing operatives.⁠

In Denmark, former employee of the Federal Customs Service (FCS) Alexander Panesh, known as Sasha Gollandets (the Dutchman), was detained at the request of Russia. In Russia, Sasha Gollandets is accused of major fraud and bribery of law enforcement officers.

As reported by Kommersant, 43-year-old customs officer was detained several days ago at the international airport of Copenhagen. Panesh traveled from France to Lithuania, but drive-by visited Copenhagen. The Copenhagen District Court placed the runaway customs officer under arrest until 19 December. By this time, Denmark expects to receive all the documents necessary for his extradition from Russia. It is known that Panesh tried to get political asylum in France, but he did not succeed.

Recall that former officer of the FCS Alexander Panesh is accused of fraud and bribery in the case, which began in 2012.

Famous Russian judoist Dmitry Khodanovich decided to buy real estate in France. His acquaintance, co-owner of the banks Kedr and Pushkino Alexander Kabanov, brought the athlete to Panesh, as he could help in the purchase of the villa. Khodanovich transferred more than 5 million euros to Panesh, but did not receive real estate. Deceived Khodanovich filed a claim to Kabanov, and he offered the athlete to buy a boarding house worth €350 thousand. However, this deal also clogged. After that Khodanovich appealed to the law enforcement bodies. There he suddenly found out that a criminal case had already been brought against him for allegedly stealing Kabanov’s watches. Later, these watches were found in Khodanovich’s apartment during searches, but as further investigation showed, the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department officers planted it there. In the course of the investigation, Dmitry Alferov and Sergey Abrosenko, as well as Stanislav Maksimov from the Main Criminal Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, were detained. All of them were charged with Exceeding Official Powers (Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Falsifying Evidence (Article 303 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Panesh organized the entire operation with the clock planting, as established by the investigation. He also reregistered a property in Moscow as a reward to one of the detectives. Former operatives and businessman Kabanov have already been convicted, and Panesh fled from Russia and was soon put on the international wanted list.