Moscow 'Outraged' Over
Prague's Decision To Extradite Alleged Russian Hacker To U.S.
April 02, 2018
Russia says the recent decision to extradite an alleged Russian
hacker from the Czech Republic to the United States is aimed at
"undermining" bilateral relations between Moscow and Prague.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on April 2 that Moscow
was "outraged" at the extradition of Yevgeny Nikulin, who
allegedly stole data and was wanted by both Russia and the
Nikulin, 30, was arrested in Prague in 2016. He was extradited
to the United States last week, and pleaded not guilty to
charges that he hacked into the systems of U.S. technology
firms, compromising the personal information of millions of
The Russian Foreign Ministry described the extradition as "a
conscious, politically-motivated step by the Czech side aimed at
undermining the constructive basis of bilateral cooperation,”
adding that Moscow would take "all necessary measures" to
protect Nikulin's interests.
Nikulin pleaded not guilty to charges that include computer
intrusion and identity theft at a court in San Francisco on
March 30 after being extradited from the Czech Republic.
Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikan made the decision to
extradite the Russian hacker after the country's top court
rejected a last-minute appeal from the Russian.
is accused in the United States of hacking big Internet
companies, including LinkedIn and Dropbox, in 2012 and 2013. He
faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted to the charges
LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft, has said the case was related to a
breach that might have compromised the information of 100
million users or more.
Nikulin's lawyer said his client claimed the FBI was trying to
link him to the hacking of the Democratic Party's servers during
the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign.
Nikulin is also wanted by Russia for alleged involvement in an
online theft of about $2,000 in 2009.