Putin begins talks with visiting Philippine leaderRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 0:15
Mechanism of alerting on cyberattacks practically never used by US — spokespersonWorld May 23, 22:19
Putin praises work of Independent Public Anti-Doping CommissionSport May 23, 20:38
Russia needs expanding representation in global sports federations — ministerSport May 23, 20:21
Russian athletes must be trained for Olympics under certain geographic conditions — PutinSport May 23, 19:38
Final charges brought against Russian ex-economy minister UlyukayevBusiness & Economy May 23, 18:59
WADA delegation to visit Moscow this week to help with membership reinstatementSport May 23, 18:48
US President Donald Trump's first trip abroadWorld May 23, 18:41
Russian scientists master stimulating neurons with infrared irradiationScience & Space May 23, 18:37
MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. The refusal of a court in New York to review the case of Russian citizen Viktor Bout confirms the politicized nature of the trial, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov told TASS on Tuesday.
"This is another regrettable decision," he said. "As far as we knew, the lawyers prepared solid evidence for raising the issue of reviewing the case, they had strong arguments. The fact that the court did not heed them again, of course, only confirms our understanding that Viktor Bout’s case was originally politicized by the American side."
The diplomat noted that the court’s refusal confirmed that "the American justice was extremely selective with regard to Russian citizens." He added that this also applied to other Russian nationals who were already serving their sentences in the United States or whose extradition Washington was seeking from third countries exerting pressure on their governments. "Here, of course, an unacceptable political nature may be traced," he said.
Dolgov noted that the issue of the fate of Viktor Bout, Konstantin Yaroshenko and other Russian citizens who found themselves in a similar situation, was constantly raised by the Russian side during contacts with U.S. partners at various levels. "We will continue to do so, we will seek the observance of legitimate rights and interests of our citizens, support the work of the team of lawyers to ensure the revision of sentences in these politicized cases and to relieve the plight of our citizens," he said. We will seek adequate compliance with their procedural rights so that they are treated in accordance with international standards."
Viktor Bout was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2008 and later extradited to the United States. In April 2012 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and a $15-million fine. He is serving his prison sentence in the United States Penitentiary Marion in Illinois.