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Siberian woman extradited to Russia accused of leading a gang which raped two men

By The Siberian Times reporter
03 July 2015

Alleged crime in 1997 part of bid to steal and extort money.

She fled Russia, in May 2001 arriving in Sweden having obtained Greek citizenship. She also used a Czech identity under the name Maja Kurant.   Picture: Eric Tagesson/Aftonbladet

Suzanna Gubasheva, 42, born in Novosibirsk, was extradited after being on the international wanted list for 17 years, during which time she flitted around Europe using multiple identities, leading her to be nicknamed 'the Siberian Jason Bourne'.

Belatedly, she now faces justice in her homeland over allegations that she lured two men she knew to a flat where she and four accomplices tied them up, beat and raped them, according to the Russian general prosecutor's office. 

They recorded the sexual activity and used it to blackmail the men, it is claimed. 

She and her gang stole 3,000 roubles and $200 in cash from the victims but also demanded $21,000 in return for not spreading the video and photos of the rape scenes. 

She fled Russia, in May 2001 arriving in Sweden having obtained Greek citizenship. She also used a Czech identity under the name Maja Kurant. 

Suzanna Gubasheva


Suzanna Gubasheva


Suzanna Gubasheva

Suzanna Gubasheva, 42, born in Novosibirsk, was extradited after being on the international wanted list for 17 years, during which time she flitted around Europe using multiple identities.  Pictures: Eric Tagesson/Aftonbladet

Within five years she obtained Swedish citizenship, too, it is claimed. In 2013 she was detained in Italy and put under house arrest. 

But she escaped, and returned to Sweden where she received a 'new passport'. In September 2014 she was finally detained in Spain. 

During her time in Sweden she wed a local estate agent under the name Helena, it is alleged. They lived together for eight years and have a daughter. 

Unknown to him, she also used a fake name to be his business partner - who he never met, despite arranging lucrative deals for him. According to Swedish Aftonbladet, he had no idea she was involved in crime or was on the international wanted list. 

In September, they went to Spain to celebrate her husband John's birthday. They were at a restaurant when the police arrived and handcuffed her. 

Gubasheva graduated from Novosibirsk State University in 1994.

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