Switzerland rejects extradition request of businessman to Russia

Switzerland said on Tuesday it had rejected a Russian request for the extradition of a Russian businessman, who is already struggling to extradite him to the United States in a wide-ranging domestic trade case. The Federal Office of Justice (OFJ) confirmed information published in the newspapers of the Tamedia Group that it had recently rejected a Russian request for the extradition of Vladislav Klyushin.

In an email to AFP, an OFJ spokesperson clarified that “the facts described in the application are not punishable by Swiss law,” adding that they had informed Russian authorities on August 12 that “the application has been rejected.” Vladislav Klyushin, accused of “internal trade involving tens of millions of dollars with a number of accomplices”, was arrested in Valais in March.

According to the opposition Russian media, he is very close to Alexei Gromov, a senior Kremlin official, first deputy head of the Russian presidential administration. A Kremlin spokesman between 2000 and 2008, he was specifically responsible for the media within the presidential administration.

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Vladislav Klyushin, who according to Russian media heads several companies, is the owner of the M13 Group, which specializes in the development of databases and IT resources. This group has developed the “Katyusha” system for monitoring media and social networks, which has been officially used since 2016 by the Russian presidential administration, as well as by several other Russian ministries.

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The MILF said it received an extradition request from Russia on April 7. It was followed by a request from the United States on April 19, “on the basis of a bilateral extradition treaty between Switzerland and the United States.” Switzerland accepted the US request on June 24 despite the protests of Vladislav Klyushin, who appealed the decision to the Federal Criminal Court.

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