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Russia urges US to immediately release jailed Russian national Seleznyov

July 15, 2014, 12:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Seleznyov was detained at the international airport of the Maldives’ capital Male on July 5

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Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

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MOSCOW, July 15. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry urged the United States on Tuesday to release Russian citizen Roman Seleznyov, who was arrested in Maldives on US warrant and relocated to a jail on Guam.

“We are once again demanding the immediate release of Roman Seleznyov, provision of adequate medical assistance for him as well as observance of his legal rights and interests,” the ministry said in a statement.

Seleznyov was detained at the international airport of the Maldives’ capital Male on July 5. On the same day he was “forced aboard a private plane by US security service agents and taken to the island of Guam”, the Foreign Ministry said earlier.

American investigators suspect Seleznyov of having intended to steal, and then sell, information about the credit cards of US citizens between October 2009 and February 2011. In March 2011, a court in the State of Washington charged him in absentia on 29 counts, which jointly entail imprisonment for several dozen years and a fine of several million US dollars.

Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov said on Monday that the ministry presented a demarche to the American Embassy in Moscow in connection with the charges brought against Roman Seleznyov and another Russian citizen, Konstantin Yaroshenko, in the United States.

The ministry also said in the statement that it was again drew attention of the United States “to the situation developing in regard to Russian national Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a prison term in the United States on politically motivated charges.”

“We insist that Washington takes practical steps in order to stop inhumane treatment of our compatriot, who suffers from severe diseases, and to provide him with qualified medical attendance, including his examination by Russian doctors,” the statement said.

In addition, a criminal case was filed against him in Nevada on suspicion of association with a criminal group that was engaged in extortion.

The Russian Foreign Ministry regards this “as yet another unfriendly step by Washington” and is waiting for its explanations.

Yaroshenko was detained by the US authorities in Liberia in 2010 and then taken to the United States. In September 2011, a US court sentenced him to 20 years in prison for having been allegedly involved in a criminal ring organized for smuggling a large shipment of cocaine. Yaroshenko denied the accusations. Moscow believes that the pressed charges against him were politically motivated.

Yaroshenko currently serves his term in Fort Dix Prison in New Jersey.






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