La Russophobe has already explained in detail how the Kremlin is lying brazenly about the content of the Russian Constitution, claiming it prevents the extradition of Andrei Lugovoi for trial on charges of murdering dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London. Now lawyer Robert Amsterdam heaps yet more evidence on the pile:
Article opens door to extradition of Lugovoi
From Prof Daniel Tarschys
The claim that the Russian constitution prevents the extradition of the former Russian agent Andrei Lugovoi is contestable.
It is true that one article in its bill of rights and freedoms contains what seems to be a blanket guarantee against the extradition of Russian citizens, but a subsequent article opens the door for extradition of indicted persons on the basis of federal law or international treaty.
On December 10 1999, the Russian Federation ratified three international treaties on extradition (Council of Europe conventions ETS 024, 086 and 098).
The special reservations and declarations attached to these ratifications do not seem to vindicate the refusal to extradite Mr Lugovoi, but any objections to the UK request should at any rate be based on these texts rather than on the Russian constitution.
Professor in Political Science,
University of Stockholm,