Suspected Russian Hacker Nikulin Extradited to United States

The Czech Justice Ministry announced that the alleged Russian hacker who is wanted by both Washington and Moscow has already been extradited to the United States.

Yevgeniy Nikulin | Photo courtesy of Instagram

Just shortly after midnight, white Gulfstream business jet owned by U.S. Department of Justice took off from Prague Vaclav Havel Airport reportedly carrying a Russian citizen Yevgeniy Nikulin who is suspected of offences relating to the hacking of LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring.

The plane landed at Manassas Regional Airport – a city-owned public-use airport located just 30 miles away from Washington D.C. – at around 3 o’clock in the morning local time.

According to data gathered from flightaware.com, the DOJ’s Gulfstream was waiting in Prague for over 5 days, since Saturday morning.

Tereza Schejbalová, the spokeswoman for Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic, confirmed Nikulin’s extradition Friday noon.

Nikulin faces a maximum of 30-years imprisonment and up to $1 million in fines if convicted on U.S. charges. He is to appear before a judge in San Francisco but has in the past denied any wrongdoing in comments to Czech media.

Both United States of America and Russia have formally requested Nikulin to be extradited. He was held in Prague Pankrác Remand Prison since October 2016 when he was arrested by Czech police based on an international arrest warrant issued by the United States.

His asylum application and formal complaints have been dealt with by Czech Interior Ministry and courts as unsubstantiated.