Russia's State Duma urged Foreign Ministry to adopt a harder line concerning extradition of Russians to the US

Russia's State Duma urged Foreign Ministry to adopt a harder line concerning extradition of Russians to the US

Mikhail Degtyarev believes that "recently cases of extraterritorial application of US laws have become more frequent."

The Head of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs Mikhail Degtyarev sent an inquiry of deputy to the Russian Foreign Ministry with a request to provide information on the measures taken to ensure the security of Russians' stay abroad. RBC was informed about this by the press service of the parliamentarian.

Mikhail Degtyarev believes that " recently cases of extraterritorial application of US laws have become more frequent." "Among recent examples are the Spanish police that extradited Russian programmer Petr Levashov to the American law enforcement agencies. That said, Russia also appealed to the Spanish side with a request for his extradition," the deputy clarified.

In addition, Degtyarev recalled that the US Justice Ministry charged 13 Russians and three legal companies for allegedly meddling in the presidential elections in the United States. "The development of the situation may lead to the fact that any computer user on the Internet can be declared a hacker, and participation in political discussions under any nickname can be declared criminal. <...> In this regard, the threat of criminal prosecution and extradition of Russian tourists visiting the countries of NATO and other states that are in the sphere of American influence is not ruled out," Degtyarev said.

The deputy asserted that the Russian authorities need to take a harder line towards the countries from which Russian citizens are extradited to the United States. "Perhaps, Russia should officially warn Spain and other states that if such incidents concerning extradition are repeated, they will lose Russian tourists," the deputy noted.

February 15 the United States condemned Russians Dmitry Smilyants and Vladimir Drinkman for cybercrimes and theft of financial information. According to investigators, from 2005 to 2012 they, three more Russians and one Ukrainian hacked computer networks of over 16 companies and stole about 160 million credit card numbers. Drinkman was sentenced to 12 years in prison, Smilyants - to four years and four months.

Russian Peter Levashov is currently in one of the prisons in the state of New York. He was rounded up in Spain in April 2017, after which he was extradited to the United States. The Spanish Ministry of Internal Affairs believes that the Russian had control over Kelihos botnet, through which personal data of users were stolen, and spam and extortion viruses were sent. At the trial in the US, Levashov did not admit his guilt.

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