LI widow wants husband’s alleged killer extradited
A Woodmere widow is calling on the government to ramp up efforts to bring her husband's accused killer to justice.
Just three weeks after his daughter was born, Vladimir Tolstykh was beaten to death near his family business in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach section. Two suspects made off with $32,000 that he had in a payroll bag.
Police say the suspects then fled to Turkmenistan. One of the men, Abakar Gadiyev, was later arrested in Australia, but he has not yet been extradited to the U.S.
On Monday, Tolstykh's widow Rita and his son Andrew stood with Sen. Charles Schumer to demand the process be accelerated. The senator said the Australian government has been dragging its feet.
"I need the Justice Department and the State Department to put pressure on Australia," he said. "They're an ally, but it's not a high priority for them."
"All I ask is to get justice for my husband," Rita Tolstykh said. "And to get peace for my kids, for myself, for my mother-in-law -- he was the only son. I only want peace and justice."
Schumer said the other suspect in Tolstykh's death is still free and living in Turkmenistan, which does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S.