ROME, November 28. /TASS/. Russian national Artyom Uss, son of the governor of the Krasnoyarsk Region detained in Italy at the behest of the US last month, has been placed under house arrest, Italy’s ANSA news agency reported on Monday.
According to the news service, the decision was made following a ruling by a Milan court on Sunday after a relevant motion was filed by Uss’ lawyers.
ANSA reported that a preventive measure for Uss, who had been in custody in Italy, was modified while he waits for a decision on his extradition to the United States, which is charging him with the sanctions evasion and large-scale money laundering.
The Russian will now be forced to wear an electronic bracelet while under house arrest and, according to his lawyer Vinicio Nardo, Uss has his own place to live in Milan.
Nardo confirmed to TASS ANSA’s report that Uss would be transferred under house arrest, but the procedure may take a couple of days.
"I do confirm that a decision was made and he [Uss] would be transferred to house arrest in a couple of days," his lawyer said.
According to Nardo, there is no electronic bracelet available for Uss at the moment and as soon as a tracking device is provided, the defendant would be sent to house arrest.
According to earlier reports, the American authorities filed charges of evading sanctions and money laundering against five Russian citizens. According to the statement by the US Department of Justice, under a 12-count indictment, charges were filed against Russia’s Yury Orekhov, Artyom Uss, Svetlana Kuzurgasheva, Timofey Telegin and Sergey Tulyakov, as well as Venezuelan citizens.
The New York State Prosecutor's Office claims that the defendants were involved in "orchestrating a complex scheme to unlawfully obtain US military technology and Venezuelan sanctioned oil."
Artyom Uss, son of Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Region Governor Alexander Uss, was detained in Italy on October 17 at the request of the United States. The Italian authorities are preparing for his extradition to the US. If convicted, the defendants will face up to 30 years in prison.