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Over 100 Tajik citizens to be extradited from RF on court verdicts

November 11, 2011, 11:54 UTC+3

This is some part of asymmetrical measures in retaliation to Tajik actions, about which Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned on November 9

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MOSCOW, November 11 (Itar-Tass) — About 100 Tajik citizens, who committed crimes in Russia, will be extradited from Russia, director of the Federal Migration Service Konstantin Romodanovsky told Itar-Tass on Friday.

“Today the Federal Migration Service is ready to extradite from the Russian Federation about 100 Tajik citizens, who committed crimes earlier. So the court verdicts will be executed,” Romodanovsky said.

Some 134 Tajik citizens, who violated the Russian migration legislation, were detained in Moscow on Thursday, he said. It is not ruled out that they will be expelled from the country, he noted.

He emphasized that under the Russian law expelled Tajik citizens cannot enter Russia for the next five years.

This is some part of asymmetrical measures in retaliation to Tajik actions, about which Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned on November 9.

The president said at a meeting with representatives of the Internet communities that the verdict, which the Tajik court passed on the pilots of the Russian air company, caused “very many questions.” Medvedev noted that after an official response of the Tajik authorities Moscow will take retaliatory actions, which “may be symmetrical or asymmetrical.”

Medvedev gave instructions to the Russian Foreign Ministry and the law enforcement agencies to investigate thoroughly this criminal case and get in touch with colleagues in Tajikistan.

Meanwhile, the Russian president remarked that he would not like to comment on the actions of the sovereign state (Tajikistan), “but it is already clear, the decision on the issue will raise very many questions, from the point of view of corpus delicti and in terms of the way the trial was held.”

“Let’s wait for an official response, and only after that we will take decisions, decisions can be different: they may be symmetrical or asymmetrical,” the Russian leader pointed out.

On March 12, 2011, pilots of the Russian airline Rolkan Vladimir Sadovnichy and Alexei Rudenko (an Estonian citizen) were arrested after a forced landing at the airport of Kurgan-Tyube in Tajikistan. On November 8, the local court sentenced them to 10.5 years in a tough security penitentiary with the commuted sentence reduced by two years under the presidential amnesty. The pilots were found guilty of violation of the international flight rules and state border transgressing and smuggling. Both airplanes An-72 were confiscated in Tajikistan.


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