In 2008, the United States is hunting Russian citizens in third countries in order to extradite them to its territory in the future. The number of such cases has reached 50 and will continue to increase. This was stated by the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Deputy Director of the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights Grigory Lukyantsev, quoted by RIA News…
The day before, a lawyer from Geneva, Oliver Sirik, said that the detention and further arrest of Russian businessman Vladislav Klyushin in Switzerland had political motives. “The US set a trap for him in Switzerland. The American authorities, apparently, went to the highest speed, organizing his detention and demanding his extradition, ”the lawyer said. Klyushin was arrested in the canton of Wallis at the end of March 2021 and taken into custody pending an extradition order. On June 9, it became known that the United States was awaiting the extradition of the Russian.
Lukyantsev stressed that Russians are facing the American justice system, and they are beginning to exert significant pressure and influence in an attempt to persuade them to interact with the investigation and confess guilt, which will allow them to mitigate the punishment that threatens them in the United States.
citizens of Russia
since 2008 have been victims of the US “hunt”
The diplomat clarified that some Russian citizens refuse to admit their guilt, since the accusations are unfounded. In this case, the United States practices other methods of influence, for example, refusing to provide qualified medical care, even if the prisoner suffers from serious illnesses.
Among the most egregious cases, Lukyantsev named the cases of the civilian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, Viktor But, Roman Seleznev and Maria Butina, who has now been able to return to Russian territory.
Konstantin Yaroshenko was convicted in 2011 for conspiring to smuggle drugs. He was brought to the United States from Liberia, where he was arrested on May 28, 2010. The Russian was allegedly convicted of transporting a large consignment of cocaine and sentenced to 20 years. On May 31, it became known that the relatives of the Russian pilot sent a petition for his pardon to US President Joe Biden.
Victor Booth is held at Marion Federal Prison in Illinois. He was arrested in Thailand in 2008 at the request of Washington, after which a US court in April 2012 sentenced him to 25 years in prison for conspiracy to sell weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In the United States, this organization is considered terrorist. The Russian did not admit his guilt. In December 2020, the prisoner’s health worsened, but he was not offered qualified assistance.
In April 2017, Russian Roman Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison in the United States in a cyber fraud case. He was found guilty on 38 out of 40 criminal counts. The prosecution claimed $ 170 million in damage.
Maria Butina was detained in the United States in 2018, and in April 2019 she was sentenced to one and a half years in prison. The American side stated that the Russian woman tried to influence the main sponsors of the Republican Party to advance Russian interests. Later, Butina made a deal with the investigation and confirmed that she sought to establish unofficial contacts, including through the US National Rifle Association. Butina returned to Russia on October 26, 2019.