Fugitive Arrested in South America Not Charged With $19,000 Theft, Says Attorney.


Vasili Dvornikof, Russian priest, who is under arrest and held for extradition in Buenos Aires, sent a cablegram to San Francisco yesterday protesting against the warrant on which he is being held and retaining counsel to defend him.

J.M. Thomas, Dvornikof’s attorney, said the priest had not been arrested on the charge of having stolen $19,000 belonging to the Rev. Archpriest Vladimir Alexandrof, superior of the Russian church in Green street, but on a joint indictment accusing him of having defrauded a wholesale shoe house out of a bill of goods for $434. Thomas said:

Nothing is said by Father Dvornikof in his cablegram about the report that has been circulated in San Francisco that he left this city in the company of the wife of the Rev. Alexandrof after she gave him $19,000 belonging to her husband.

Father Dvornikof does explain, however, that he was arrested on the charge of having got a bill of goods for $434 from Cahn, Nickelsburg & Company, together with a man named Nikolenko.


SACRAMENTO, November 8. -- Executive Secretary MacFarland, who handles extradition matters in the Governor’s office, said to-day that as soon as Chief of Police White of San Francisco sent up the necessary papers, the application for the extradition of the Russian priest Dvornikoff, would be forwarded to Secretary of State Lansing in Washington.

The San Francisco Examiner, Friday, November 9, 1917, p. 5:4