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Sweden Has Once Again Refused to Extradite a Chechen Refugee

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Sweden Has Once Again Refused to Extradite a Chechen Refugee

The Russian Foreign Ministry has published a press statement saying that they have once again failed to have a Chechen refugee extradited from Sweden.

According to the statement, the Swedish government has decided to refuse the extradition of Aslan Adayev, born in 1968, to the Russian Federation. Swedish authorities believe that the claims from Russia, which are that Adayev committed serious criminal offenses including banditry and violence, are politically motivated. However, the Russian Federation insists that a spurious court in the Russian occupied Chechen Republic of Ichkeria has sentenced Aslan in his absence to 14 years imprisonment. “The repeated refusal of the Government of Sweden to extradite Aslan Adayev to Russia is unacceptable” said the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The reality is a bit different than the Russian version. Aslan Adayev did not commit any crimes. In fact, his only fault was that he was editor-in-chief for the Kavkaz-Center website for a while in 2006. Sweden also refused to extradite Adayev and another Chechen refugee named Magomed Uspayev to Russia in 2008.

Earlier, we published the story of these two Chechen refugees. You may find it HERE.

*Text was translated by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco

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