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Expert: detention of Franchetti in Czech Republic raises question of systemic protection of Russians abroad

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Expert: detention of Franchetti in Czech Republic raises question of systemic protection of Russians abroad


15.09.2021

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The arrest of a Russian citizen in the Czech Republic due to the appeal of the Kiev authorities raises the issue of systemic protection of Russians abroad, Sergei Petrosov, who heads the Information and Legal Center of Russian Compatriots in Brussels is sure, TASS reports.

The expert noted that there are no formal grounds to believe that the Czech Republic has broken the law by arresting the Russian citizen. The Russian was detained at an official request. Kiev could, for example, press charges against him for terrorism. Therefore, the issue of extradition to Ukraine will be decided by a court in Prague.

At the same time, the authors of such requests do not usually turn to individual countries. They are included in international databases. Therefore, Moscow should know about them and warn its citizens about the possible threat of detention abroad, the specialist said. Petrosov has no doubts that it is necessary to use all the possibilities of international structures and to ensure that ''a simple accusation of participation in the events of the Crimean Spring and the reunification of Crimea with Russia could not be considered by the courts of third countries as a reason sufficient to extradite people to Ukraine, no matter what offenses they are charged with.''

Russian citizen Alexander Franchetti was detained at the Prague airport on September, 13. According to a representative of the Czech police, the reason for this was an arrest warrant issued by Ukraine. It is reported that Franchetti took part in the events of the "Crimean Spring", during which the peninsula was reunited with Russia. Franchetti's wife is a citizen of the Czech Republic, he has a residence permit in this country. The head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to check on what grounds the arrest was made.

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