Last October, after Interpol issued an international warrant for his arrest, Czech authorities arrested Yevgeniy Nikulin, in cooperation with the FBI. Nikulin is accused of hacking computers and stealing information from LinkedIn, Dropbox and other companies.
A Czech court ruled Tuesday that Nikulin should be extradited either to the United States or Russia — at which point the suspect immediately appealed his possible extradition to the United States.
Moscow also wants him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009. Russian officials had previously said they were working to prevent his extradition to the U.S.
Judge Jaroslav Pytloun ruled Tuesday that the extradition requests from both countries meet all the necessary legal conditions.
The 29-year-old has denied wrongdoing. “I’m innocent,” said Nikulin through a translator at the hearing Tuesday. “I haven’t done anything illegal. I have nothing to do with that.”
Nikulin appealed his extradition to the United States. He has three days to decide if he will agree to being extradited to Russia.
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