The Czech Republic received requests from Russia, and the United States for the extradition of alleged hacker Nikulina
The Czech Republic received requests from Russia and the USA on extradition of Russian citizen Evgeny Nikulin, the detainee in early October in Prague on suspicion of hacking attacks against the United States. Earlier, the American side has already presented to the prospective hacker charges in the hacking of computers belonging to companies LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring.
The Ministry of justice of the Czech Republic will consider both the application for the grant Nikulina, before submitting them to the court of Prague, Reuters reported citing Czech news Agency CTK. About this informed the official representative of the Czech Ministry of justice.
“The requests were received. Both States sought the extradition of Eugene Nikulina. The Ministry of justice will consider these documents. Today or tomorrow they will be directed to office of public Prosecutor of Prague” – quoted by TASS statement by the press Secretary of the Ministry of justice of the Czech Republic Teresa Shabanovoj. The Prague Prosecutor’s office needs to consider both requests and route them then to the city court of the capital of the Czech Republic, the Agency said.
Nikulina on the detention it became known on October 18. Then it was reported that the Czech authorities decide the question of extradition of the Russian. It was noted that Washington has two months to guide the Czech colleagues a formal request for the transfer of a suspect to the jurisdiction of the American authorities.
The Russian foreign Ministry confirmed the detention Nikulin and said that diplomats are working with the authorities of the Czech Republic to prevent the extradition of a Russian citizen in the United States.
The Federal Grand jury of the U.S. state of California in mid-October showed Nikulin charges in the hacking of computers belonging to companies LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring. In LinkedIn prior to this said that the Russian hacker involved in hacking the network in 2012.
Nikulin was detained by Czech police in Prague on 5 October on suspicion of hacking attacks on the United States. The alleged hacker fainted from the unexpected meeting with the police.
The operation was conducted by the police of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the FBI. Operational activities were conducted pursuant to the requirements of Interpol on a warrant issued in connection with the complaint by the victim. It was reported that the Czech authorities consider an extradition of the detainee in the United States.
Amid preparations for the election of the President of the United States, which took place on 8 November, was regularly accused in the fact that Russian hackers supported by the Russian authorities stand behind the pre-election leaks from the headquarters of the democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. In the Kremlin such suspicions every time was rejected.