Prague Court Rejects Russian Hacking Suspect’s Asylum Request

Complaint regarding denied asylum request filled by an alleged computer hacker Jevgenij Nikulin who is wanted by the US, Russian authorities had been denied by a Prague Court.

Jevgenij Nikulin during the arrest | Photo courtesy of Police of the Czech Republic

The Prague Municipal Court has dealt with Nikulin’s complaint about the Czech Interior Ministry as it denied asylum to him, calling it unsubstantiated.

The court ruled that the Russian citizen only applied for asylum to avoid his extradition.

Nikulin, 30, has been arrested in Prague restaurant shortly after arriving in the city in October 2016 based on an international arrest warrant issued by the United States. He is currently being held in Prague Pankrác Remand Prison where he awaits the final decision in his extradition matter.

After the arrest, Russia quickly filed its own extradition request based on a minor charge of internet theft from 2009.

Both United States of America and Russia have formally requested Nikulin to be extradited on the same day.

Nikulin faces a maximum of 30-years imprisonment and up to $1 million in fines if convicted on U.S. charges.

He is suspected of computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy, and trafficking in illegal access devices – offenses relating to the hacking of computer networks belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring.