Washington, The FBI has practically kidnapped Russian citizen Denis Dubnikov in Mexico, who was sent to the Netherlands and arrested there, his lawyer Arkady Bukh told Sputnik.
“Mexico has not let him enter the country. The US intelligence services have put him on a plane to the Netherlands and sent him there having paid for his ticket. In other words, he was kidnapped in fact,” Bukh said, adding that it was the FBI behind the kidnapping.
He stressed that Dubnikov may face up to 20 years in jail.
“He was detained in Mexico but expelled because Mexico has not such an ideal extradition policy as the Netherlands. They have bought a ticket, in other words, they have in fact kidnapped him and sent him to the Netherlands because the extradition from the Netherlands is in fact guaranteed. He is in fact held in jail in the Netherlands, he is accused of money laundering and may face up to 20 years in jail. We expect his extradition to the United States,” Bukh said.
“So far, we do not agree to extradition, but we will probably give our consent later because the Netherlands is the country where the fight against extradition is statistically meaningless. We are studying the issue: maybe it is worth agreeing to quick extradition and sorting it out already here,” the attorney added.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Dubnikov is accused of receiving more than $400,000 in bitcoins from the ransomware group of Ryuk, from which thousands of US citizens have suffered.
The United States has orchestrated multiple arrests of Russian citizens in third countries within the last several years.