Alexey Alchin: Brussels should cease EU-based Russians being extradited house, says MEP

Brussels ought to urge EU international locations to droop any extraditions of Russians again house.

That is the view of Bulgarian MEP Radan Kanev.

Kanev, from the European Individuals’s Occasion (EPP) group, is intervening to try to stop the extradition of Russian nationwide Alexey Alchin from Bulgaria.

Alchin burned his passport in Varna, a port metropolis in northeastern Bulgaria he is been residing in for the previous eight years, in late February to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Now Moscow desires to extradite Alchin on a tax evasion cost, which Alchin and his supporters declare is politically motivated.

The Bulgarian prosecutor’s workplace has acquiesced to the Russian request. Alchin has appealed. 

In his letter, Kanev wrote of his “deep concern in regards to the truth, that, regardless of all proof of human rights violations, inhuman therapy, torture, illegal prison court docket verdicts, and inexplicable dying instances, largely attributed to state-promoted political violence, there are nonetheless instances, wherein EU Member States proceed with extradition of Russian residents with opposition and dissident document to the Russian Federation.”

Extradition is taken into account to be a competence of nationwide judicial authorities however Kanev recalled that the Justice and Dwelling Affairs Council, composed of ministers from EU member states, declared in early March it was preferable for member states, given Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked assault on Ukraine, “to not course of the requests for cooperation in prison issues submitted by Russia and Belarus”.

Kanev’s initiative is now gathering signatures from different MEPs.

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