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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Justice Ministry Pushes U.S. on Extradition Rules

The Justice Ministry on Thursday called on the United States to sign a bilateral agreement on the extradition of crime suspects.

The agreement would violate the Constitution, which bans Russia from extraditing its own nationals.

"In our view, it is not normal when such countries as America and Russia don't have any ... legal base for extradition," Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov said, RIA-Novosti reported Thursday.

A spokeswoman at the Justice Ministry was unable provide any details on Konovalov's proposal Thursday.

Moscow and Washington agreed in 2007 to draft an agreement on the extradition of crime suspects, but further progress on the deal is still pending, RIA-Novosti said.

The Criminal Code allows Russia to extradite foreign nationals who have committed a crime abroad.

Robert Zinovyev, who defends the legal interests of Boris Kuznetsov, a lawyer who was granted asylum in United States after complaining of political harassment by the Russian authorities for political reasons, said the agreement was "useless," as extradition was already possible from an agreement between the two countries signed several years ago. 

The proposal came after the FBI put reputed crime boss Semyon Mogilevich, a Russian citizen, on its list of most wanted criminals in late October.