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U.S. harbor Nevzlin from Russia and Interpol

July 14 2005

Yesterday Russian side demanded that the U.S. State Department issuing Nevzlin due to the fact that he is wanted internationally, and He is charged with serious crimes.

On Wednesday, Nevzlin addressed a meeting of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which is chaired by Co-Chairman Sen. Christopher Smith. He proposed to exclude Russia from the Group of Eight "and not to take it to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

According to Nevzlin, America and other members of the Group of Eight should not allow Russia to chair the Group of Eight.

He also posed the question - "whether Russia deserves membership in the WTO?".

Co-Chairman of the U.S. government for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Republican Congressman Christopher Smith confirmed that the Russian authorities have repeatedly appealed to the State Department and U.S. Department of Justice requested the extradition of who is wanted by businessman Leonid Nevzlin.

But the U.S. and Russia "no extradition treaty," Smith said at a hearing in committee on the "Yukos affair and its implications for policy and business in Russia." At these hearings invited Nevzlin.

United States issued a visa to one of the shareholders of Yukos Nevzlin despite repeated requests from the Russian side with the request for his extradition, "Smith said.
"Having given you a visa, we send a clear and loud message," - said Rep. Smith, referring to Nevzlin.

Nevzlin himself reported that more than 10 days in the U.S., where he met with various organizations involved in monitoring issues of democracy in Russia and around the world.

He admitted that the Russian side for over a year to the Government of Israel of convictions, demanding his arrest.

Yesterday Russian side has demanded from the leadership of the U.S. State Department issuing Nevzlin, given that he is wanted internationally, and He is charged with serious crimes.

Prosecutor General of Russia in July 2004 announced Nevzlin on international wanted list as a defendant in the commission of crimes under Article 105 of the Criminal Code (murder) and against it was a preventive measure in the form of detention.

In July the Prosecutor General's Office sent by Interpol on charges of materials Nevzlin new crimes. According to Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov, the new charges related to murder and attempted murder of several persons.

In committing these crimes are also charged a former security officer of Yukos, Alexei Pichugin. Jury found him guilty of serious crimes and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Number of public organizations in the United States appealed to Senator Brownback with a letter, proposing to invite to the hearings and other persons, in particular, the famous American economist, director Devisovskogo Center of Russian Studies at Harvard Marshall Goldman, the author of which was published in the U.S. and Russian books " Piratizatsiya Russia "about irregularities during Russia's privatization and the phenomenon of" oligarchs. "

Professor Goldman has not received an invitation to the hearings, reports RIA Novosti.

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