Indonesia deports Russian drug convict who fled on first try

DENPASAR, INDONESIA (AP) — Indonesia deported a Russian drug convict yesterday after he fled from his home country and escaped his first deportation attempt in February on the resort island of Bali.

Andrei Kovalenka, who used the alias Andrew Ayer, served a prison sentence in Indonesia after being arrested in 2019 and convicted of possessing hashish.

He escaped with his partner during the transfer on February 11. Police found them at a villa after 13 days on the run and arrested him. He was transported from Bali to Jakarta yesterday morning.

“The handover to the Russian police that will escort him will be in Jakarta,” said Tommy Arya Dwianto, officer from Interpol National Central Bureau in Indonesia.

According to Dwianto, Kovalenka was convicted in a Russian drug case in 2011 but fled without serving the sentence.

The Russian government asked Interpol to issue the red notice in 2015.