Respekt: Zeman lobbied for Nikulin extradition to Russia

The weekly Respekt says that President Miloš Zeman has pushed for Russian alleged hacker Yevgeny Nikulin to be extradited to his native country.

Monday’s edition of Respekt said it had information that Mr. Zeman had twice met with the Czech minister of justice, Robert Pelikán, to lobby for Mr. Nikulin to be handed over to the authorities in Russia rather than to the US, where he is facing charges of hacking the computers of major internet companies including LinkedIn.

The Russian, who is 30, is wanted in Moscow on charges of stealing less than CZK 50,000 from a bank account.

He was arrested in Prague in 2016 on the basis of an Interpol arrest warrant requested by the American government.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told Respekt his preference is for Mr. Nikulin to be handed over to the Americans but said he had no influence on Mr. Pelikán’s decision on the matter.

Author: Ian Willoughby