(ConservativeInsider.org) – Russia and the United States do not have an extradition treaty, making prisoner swaps or returns a rare occurrence. However, the US just deported a cybercriminal who had not finished serving his nine-year sentence to Russia without releasing any public information about the move.
On Tuesday, September 28, reports began to spread that Russian police detained hacker Alexei Burkov at a Moscow airport after the United States deported him. Israel initially arrested the cybercriminal in 2015 before sending him to America in 2019. In January 2020, a federal court found Burkov guilty of money laundering, fraud, identity theft, and computer intrusion. The court sentenced him to nine years in prison.
Newsmax quickly shared the news of Burkov’s release on Twitter:
A Russian hacker, sentenced in June 2020 to nine years in a U.S. jail for cyber crimes, was detained at a Moscow airport on Tuesday after being deported by the United States, the TASS news agency quoted Russia's Interior Ministry as saying.https://t.co/q5dlM6AdrK
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 28, 2021
Neither the US embassy in Moscow nor the Department of Justice (DOJ) has commented on Burkov’s deportation, forcing many Americans to wonder if this was a quid pro quo, and if so, what the other end of the deal was.
Hopefully, either the Biden administration or the DOJ shed more light on this potential controversy. Letting a convicted cybercriminal return to his home country without serving his full sentence on US soil is not something most Americans would look well upon.
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