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Russia slams US ‘double standards’ over extradition policy

 
 
 
 
 
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On July 16, the American whistleblower applied for temporary asylum in Russia, but his application could take up to three months to process.

Russian officials have slammed US ‘double standards’ over routinely disregarding Moscow’s extradition requests of suspected terrorists and criminals.

Representatives from Russia’s Ministry of Interior and the prosecutor general’s office issued separate statements on Monday criticizing the United States for long rejecting the Kremlin’s extradition requests, while pressing for the repatriation of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Washington has refused repeated extradition requests on about 20 Russian suspects over the last 10 years, including those for Ilyas Akhmadov, a former leader of the Chechen movement, and Tamaz Nalbandov, who is accused of kidnapping and extortion, said Andrey Pilipchuk, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

“The United States is repeatedly refusing Russia to extradite individuals, to hold them criminally liable, including those accused of committing serious or heinous crimes,” said Sergei Gorlenko, the acting chief of the prosecutor general’s extradition office, adding that “we have been denied the extradition of murderers, bandits and bribe takers.”

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to convince him to extradite Snowden, but Putin has so far refused the request and said Washington has trapped the former spy agency contractor in Moscow.

This comes while the Obama administration has repeatedly warned Russia about the consequences of Moscow’s refusal.

Washington has also pressed countries not to provide asylum to Snowden, while revoking Snowden’s passport, with State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki saying the whistleblower “should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel, other than is necessary to return him to the US.”

On July 16, the American whistleblower applied for temporary asylum in Russia, but his application could take up to three months to process.

Snowden revealed two top secret US government spying programs, under which the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been spying on a global scale.

The NSA scandal took even broader dimensions when Snowden revealed information about US espionage activities targeting countries friendly to the US.

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  • Zharkov

    America never deports Russian defectors no matter what they did in Russia. Russia’s worst criminals will always find a home in America.

    Russia’s top KGB official, who defected years ago, would never be extradited by the US government, so why should Russia do any favors for America?

    This standoff is entirely satisfactory, as it preserves the ancient common law right of exile.

    An accused suspect, or even convicted criminal, always had an historic right to exile in a foreign land, either by order of the King or by voluntary exile.

    Globalists would eliminate this right, which is why Obama demands extradition when no extradition is legally possible. There is no agreement concerning extradition, so there is no reason to extradite Mr. Snowden.

    Snowden has a number of strong legal defenses, in that he disclosed nothing that the news media had not already revealed in the past; he is protected by whistleblower laws; and he has done exactly what a journalist should do – reveal criminality of officials in government.

    Under the circumstances, it would be a huge injustice for Russia to send Snowden back to the US for likely execution or life imprisonment when Mr. Snowden’s only crime was to awaken the American people that America is now their prison and they are under constant surveillance. Even some in Congress are now saying that Mr. Snowden is a hero.

  • Robbie

    Edward Snowden should be awarded with the Nobel Piece Price. The only problem is that he cannot go to receive it, because he will be rerouted to a US jail by a US puppet country.

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