Russia protests Denis Kaznacheev’s extradition from Germany to the United States – MAE – Russian Politics & Diplomacy


MOSCOW, November 25. / TASS /. Russia is protesting the imminent extradition of its citizen Denis Kaznacheev from Germany to the United States, where he faces money laundering charges, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. of a press conference.

“We strongly oppose the ongoing extradition by the German authorities of Russian national Denis Kaznacheev to the United States,” she said, following a German court ruling to this effect.

Extradition would mean Berlin is engaging in “serious anti-Russian activity” and Russia will take this into account when considering cooperation with Germany on issues “of concern to Berlin,” Zakharova said.

Russia has not received any requests from the United States regarding the alleged human crimes, she said. By prosecuting certain Russian nationals, including Viktor Bout, Konstantin Yaroshenko and Denis Kaznacheev, the United States is pursuing political goals, the spokeswoman said.

“We see this as nothing more than political kidnappings aimed at demonstrating the right of this American nation <...> to the powerful that it has conferred on itself, ”Zakharova said.

A German court ruled in November to extradite Kaznacheev, a Russian musician and DJ, to the United States where he faces money laundering charges. It was earlier reported that US law enforcement believes Kaznacheev is a member of the Russian cyber mafia and uses the Darknet to launder over $ 1 million with his accomplices from 2010 to 2020. He was arrested. in Berlin on May 29 as the United States demanded his extradition.


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