Russian Governor Resigns After His Son Flees Arrest In Italy

The governor of the Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia, Aleksandr Uss, has resigned after his son Artyom escaped house arrest in Italy, where he faced extradition to the United States, and appeared in Russia.

Aleksandr Uss, who had served as the region's governor since 2018, wrote on Telegram on April 20 that he had talked with President Vladimir Putin recently and received an offer to continue to work "on a federal level with further involvement in activities related to the social and economic development of our region."

He did not reveal any more details of his new post.

The resignation comes 10 days after Aleksandr Uss expressed his thanks to Putin and "others, who supported" his son Artyom during his arrest in Italy and helped him "return home safely."


Artyom Uss, who was set to be extradited to the United States to face charges of violating an embargo against Venezuela and bank fraud, escaped from house arrest near Milan in late March and appeared in Russia several days later.

Last week, Italian Justice Minister Carlo Nordio ordered a probe into the decision by court officials to transfer Artyom Uss from jail to house arrest while the extradition request was being considered.

Uss was arrested in October at Milan's airport at the request of the United States.

Shortly after he was detained, a court in Moscow issued an arrest warrant for Uss, accusing him of money laundering. The move appeared aimed at heading off his extradition to the United States.

Uss asked to be handed over to the Russian authorities in January. The court in Milan rejected his request, and on March 21 approved his extradition to the United States.

A day later, Artyom Uss disappeared from Italy and eventually showed up in Russia.