Czech court turns down appeal from alleged Russian hacker

03-05-2018

The Supreme Administrative Court has turned down a complaint by alleged Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin that he was wrongly refused asylum in the Czech Republic and extradited to the United States to face charges.

The court ruled that as a Russian extradition could not be blocked to a third country and that would have amounted to an infringement of international law.

Nikulin was seized in Prague in 2016 with both Russian and US authorities calling for him to be handed over. US authorities said that he had hacked social and corporate sites in the country.

Czech justice minister Robert Pelikan eventually decided to extradite Nikulin to the US, a move that was attacked by Czech president Miloš Zeman.