Eleven Russian citizens have been extradited to the United States from third countries in recent years after criminal charges were brought against them by the U.S. authorities, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's envoy for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, said.
"There have been 11 such instances in the past few years," he said at a session of the State Duma's committee for media policy, information technologies and communications on Friday.
The committee meeting is addressing the situation concerning Russian pop singer Grigory Leps, who was accused by the U.S. authorities of having links with the mafia and was denied entry to the United States.
The appellate proceedings have already been finalized in the case of Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was convicted in the United States, Dolgov said. "An official request seeking his extradition to Russia has been lodged," he said.
The Russian authorities should also take similar measures in relation to businessman Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the U.S., he said. "Both of these Russian citizens should return to Russia with the help of judicial mechanisms," he said.
An unnamed Russian citizen, who has long been living in Costa Rica, is currently awaiting a decision on his possible extradition to the United States, Dolgov said.
This Russian man faces quite serious accusations, which include stealing bank clients' personal data and hacking, he said. "Indeed, the accusations brought against different Russian citizens are very serious. They must be held to account for them if they really committed such crimes," Dolgov said.
However, all the measures taken by the U.S. authorities ought to abide by agreements that exist between the United States and Russia, he said. If the U.S. authorities are aware of any unlawful acts committed by Russian citizens, they should inform Russian services of them, Dolgov said. But what is happening today occurs in violation of existing Russian-U.S. agreements, he said.
"We view Americans' recent actions as absolutely unlawful," Dolgov said. Another Russian citizen is now awaiting extradition to the United States from Spain, he said.
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