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Both Russia, U.S. Request Extradition Of Alleged Russian Hacker

A screen grab from a video released by the Czech police showing the arrest of alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin in Prague last month.

The Czech Justice Ministry says that both the United States and Russia have requested the extradition of Yevgeny Nikulin -- a 29-year-old Russian citizen who was arrested in Prague on U.S. charges of hacking and data theft.

A Justice Ministry spokesperson told the CTK news agency on November 23 that both requests would be studied by the ministry before they are referred to a Czech court.

Czech police arrested Nikulin on October 5 at the request of the United States on allegations that he hacked into the databases of internet companies, such as Linked in, Dropbox, and Formspring.

Nikulin faces multiple charges in the United States, including computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft, and data theft.

Russian officials previously said they were working to prevent Nikulin's extradition to the United States.

Based on reporting by Reuters and CTK