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Czech Justice Ministry: US to request extradition of Russian national arrested in Prague

October 21, 2016, 13:45 UTC+3 PRAGUE

On October 18, Czech police announced that a suspected Russian hacker had been detained at the request of the US

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PRAGUE, October 21. /TASS/. A request by US authorities for the extradition of a Russian hacker, detained in the Czech Republic on suspicion of alleged cyberattacks against American targets, is expected to be received by December 4, Czech Justice Ministry spokesperson Tereza Schejbalova told TASS.

According to her, Yevgeni Nikulin, a Russian national was arrested on October 5.

On October 18, Czech police announced that a suspected Russian hacker had been detained at the request of the US. A joint operation was conducted with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to apprehend the individual.

The US said he was charged with cyberattacks against US targets. The Czech authorities stated that the suspect had been tracked down via Interpol.

On October 19, the Russian embassy in the Czech Republic said it insisted the detained Russian citizen be handed over to Russia.

The Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in Prague have been actively cooperating with the Czech authorities in order to prevent his extradition to the US, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told TASS.

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