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Russian embassy in Prague keeps case of detained Russian national under control

November 01, 2016, 19:31 UTC+3 PRAGUE
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PRAGUE, November 1. /TASS/. Russia’s embassy in the Czech Republic said on Tuesday it keeps a close eye on the case of Yevgeny Nikulin, a Russian national, who was detained in the Czech Republic in early October on suspicion of organizing cyberattacks on targets in the United States.

"The case of the detention of Russian national Yevgeny Nikulin in the Czech Republic at the request of the U.S. side is under our control," the embassy said in a press release. "On October 26, employees of the Russian embassy’s consular department visited Yevgeny Nikulin at Prague’s Pankrac prison where he is currently being kept."

Apart from that, Russian diplomats met with Nikulin’s lawyers from ·afra & partne·i s.r.o., a law firm. "The Russian diplomats discussed with the Russian national and his lawyers certain aspects of his case and his health condition and prison conditions," the embassy said.

"In general, the situation around Yevgeny Nikulin is yet another evidence proving Washington’s policy of ‘hunting’ Russian citizens across the globe and imposing its jurisdiction on other states. We insist Nikulin be extradited to Russia," the embassy said. "The Russian side hopes Prague will take all possible measures to settle this issue in an unbiased manner."

Nikulin was arrested in Prague on October 5 at the request of the United States. A joint operation was conducted with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to apprehend the individual. The United States said he was charged with cyberattacks against U.S. targets. The Czech authorities stated that the suspect had been tracked down via Interpol.

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