Dutch judge allows alleged “sophisticated” Russian hacker to be sent to US

A Dutch judge has ruled (Google Translate) that an accused Russian “sophisticated hacker” can be extradited to the United States.

The Hague District Court Judge M.E. Groeneveld Stubbe ordered (Google Translate) Tuesday that Vladimir Drinkman first be sent to the US before the Netherlands should even consider a second extradition request made by his home country.

Why? Besides the fact that the US asked first, Russian law forbids extraditing its own citizens, so there is little chance Drinkman would be sent on to face charges in the US. However, Drinkman could conceivably be deported back to Russia, if convicted, once his prison time is complete.

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