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Senior Russian law officers will soon fly to London for discussions on the extradition of individuals wanted in Russia
Senior Russian law officers will soon fly to London for discussions on the extradition of individuals wanted in Russia, the nation's top prosecutor said Tuesday. Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, who was confirmed by the upper house of parliament in his new job Friday, said the officials from his agency, as well as the Justice and Interior ministries, would be seeking to achieve a positive answer to extradition requests that had previously been turned down. "In the near future, a group of officials from the General Prosecutor's office, and the Justice and Foreign ministries will fly to London to review all extradition cases that had been previously turned down," Chaika said during a meeting in his new office. Russia has long been seeking the extradition of tycoon Boris Berezovsky, wanted in connection with fraud charges, and Akhmed Zakayev, the "emissary" of Chechen militants. A British court reviewed Berezovsky's case on June 1 and refused to extradite the oligarch, who also claimed in a January radio interview that he was seeking to overthrow the incumbent authorities, as the tycoon had been granted political asylum in the United Kingdom in 2004 and was protected by the Geneva conventions and the UN 1951 Refugee Convention. The United Kingdom is also home to more than a dozen suspects wanted in Russia in connection with the long-running case around embattled oil company Yukos, including a company former vice president, Alexander Temerko, and former employees Natalia Chernyshova and Dmitry Maruyev, who have been charged with fraud. British courts have repeatedly turned down Russia's extradition requests in all cases. Chaika, though, declined to provide any names. But he did say that all controversial cases would be resolved in close cooperation with British prosecutors and a new mechanism for resolving disputes between Russian and foreign justice officials be used for the first time. He did not divulge any details of the mechanism.
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