Son of top Russian official wanted by U.S. escapes arrest in Italy

Artyom Uss

The day after a judge authorized his extradition to the United States, the son of a top Russian official who was arrested in Italy at Washington’s request vanished, according to reports in the media.

On October 17, 2022, Artyom Uss, 40, the son of the Krasnoyarsk region’s governor, was one of five Russian nationals held at Milan’s Malpensa Airport at the request of Washington due to “unlawful schemes to export powerful” US military technology to Russia.

After being detained on October 17 at Milan Malpensa Airport, Artyom Uss was kept at his nearby home while being ordered to wear an electronic bracelet.

On Tuesday, an Italian court agreed to his extradition to the United States – but the following day, he disappeared, media reports said. According to La Stampa news agency, police checked on Uss early Wednesday but around lunchtime his electronic bracelet sounded the alarm, and he has not been seen since.

“On the afternoon of March 22, the Russian manager broke his electronic bracelet and left his apartment in Basiglio,” La Stampa wrote, referring to a town in Milan’s suburbs where Uss was under house arrest.

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“When the carabinieri [law enforcement] arrived, there was already no trace left,” La Stampa wrote.

The Russian governor’s son is charged by US officials with selling American technology to Russian arms companies without authorization.