Czechs extradite alleged Russian hacker to US

Czechs extradite alleged Russian hacker to US”

Czech Republic was declared to have extradited alleged Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin after being charged of breaching United States social networks, including LinkedIn and Dropbox.

The extradition comes as the US government investigates alleged Russian cyberattacks and interference in its 2016 presidential campaign.

His case had turned into a battle over whether he should be sent to the United States or Russian Federation, where a Moscow court had in November 2016 issued an arrest warrant for his alleged theft seven years earlier of $3,450 via a site called Webmoney.

A Russian man accused of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring made his first appearance in federal court on Friday.

"Prague once again preferred the notorious allied solidarity without taking into account all the factors and circumstances of this case", Alexei Kolmakov, the embassy's press secretary, was quoted as saying.

He said computer hacking is "a direct threat to the security and privacy of Americans" and that the US won't tolerate it. This is deeply troubling behavior once again emanating from Russian Federation. "We will not tolerate criminal cyber-attacks and will make it a priority to investigate and prosecute these crimes, regardless of the country where they originate". Nikulin was indicted in California on multiple counts of computer-enabled fraud and identity theft.

Russian Federation also sought Nikulin on separate charges.

Robert Pelikan, the Czech Minister of Justice, told CNN that the move to extradite Nikulin to the United States was an "easy decision" after comparing the alleged crimes in the U.S. and Russian Federation and the level of intensity of the countries to extradite him.

Nikulin's defense attorney has said his case is politically motivated in the U.S.

Yevgeniy Nikulin, who's repeatedly denied the hacking allegations, was sent to the US after he lost an appeal against extradition and a court rejected his request for asylum, according to Czech Radio, which first reported the news.

The Nikulin case has further strained US-Russian relations. Zeman has promised Babis another try at installing a government.

The decision was closely watched because Babis needs Zeman's support for a new government, after his minority cabinet lost a vote of confidence last month.

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