Russia to Citizens: Careful, US Might Extradite You
Foreign Ministry issues travel warning
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2013 6:42 AM CDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting with Russian Parliament speakers at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

(Newser) – Russia yesterday issued a warning to any of its citizens considering travel—not because of a terrorism threat or other danger, but because the citizens could be extradited if they are wanted by the US and travel to a country that has an extradition treaty with the US. "Recently, detentions of Russian citizens in various countries, at the request of American law enforcement, have become more frequent—with the goal of extradition and legal prosecution in the United States," reads the Foreign Ministry bulletin. It specifically cites two Russian citizens who were jailed after being extradited to the US, the BBC reports.

Extradition, already a problematic issue between the US and Russia, has been further exacerbated by the case of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the New York Times reports. The US has been demanding Russia extradite Snowden, but Russian officials claim the US has often ignored its own extradition requests. And, in yesterday's bulletin, the Foreign Ministry said Russian citizens have been "kidnapped" from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Lithuania, and Spain and forced to undergo "biased" judicial proceedings "based on shaky evidence and clearly tilted toward conviction." Click for this morning's other Snowden-related news.

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Sep 3, 2013 8:17 PM CDT
He should be so thankful that Clinton pardoned so many Russian citizens on his last day in office. But the last two were his brother and Hillary's brother. Needed to get that done to seal the can on pardon-gate, the sales of pardons for donations to Clinton's library. It was the perfect crime, get people to break federal law for you on the last day in office, then the last minute of being president, sign the last two pardons. Perfect, it worked.
Sep 3, 2013 11:18 AM CDT
Thanks to Eric Holder, and the FBI, fiends like Viktor Bout are behind bars! He was a Russian arms dealer. He tried to sell arms to Colombian outlaws. They wanted to murder American pilots. The FBI nabbed him. Putin has already demanded his release. Colombia has extradition treaties with the US. So does Mexico. Ever hear of Interpol?:
Sep 3, 2013 9:36 AM CDT
Oh, so that's how it's going to be, eh comrade. Guess we should just tell US citizens to be careful and watch out for sexist, flashy, chain-smoking, vodka drinking, seriously corrupt Russian spies with gorgeous Russian women on their arm wearing short skirt, tights, heels, and a fur coat both known to be so superstitious that they perform rituals with their babushkas before they take a bribe or shoot you, which ever may come first.