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The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly warned about the high risk of arbitrary detentions and arrests of Russian citizens, to whom the American authorities have claims, during their trips to the United States and countries that have extradition agreements with Washington.

Recently, against the background of exacerbated bilateral relations through the fault of the United States, such a persecution of our fellow citizens has acquired the character of a real hunt. Defiantly ignoring the legal mechanisms of the 1999 Russian-American Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, the US special services and law enforcement agencies use unscrupulous methods to spy on Russians who have left for foreign trips, as well as to arrest or even openly capture them in cooperation with the security forces of the relevant countries.

In the past two years alone, at the request of Washington, about 20 citizens of the Russian Federation were arrested in various European countries, and in total more than 60 people were caught in the millstones of American punitive justice. Among them are the victims of the most resonant attacks on our compatriots, including the pilot K.V. Yaroshenko, who was arrested in Liberia and tortured by the jailers there, and then extradited to New York, where he was sentenced to 20 years for a crime he did not commit. In this regard, we also recall the forcible detention of R.V. Seleznev in the Maldives in 2014, followed by a long-term conviction in the United States. Of course, we also remember about V.A. Bout, who was taken out of Thailand and tried unsuccessfully to break, eventually sentenced to 25 years.

Any citizen of the Russian Federation traveling abroad must fully realize that against our people, regardless of their views, a deliberately biased approach of the American judicial and penitentiary system is being used, guided by the xenophobic principle “From Russia is guilty.” Of course, our Embassy in Washington and the Russian consulates general in other American cities have always provided and will continue to provide maximum assistance to fellow citizens in trouble, seeking to respect their rights and return home as soon as possible.

But the circumstances are such that, given the unpredictability of the behavior of American law enforcement officers, as well as visa discrimination practiced against Russian citizens, from many points of view, it is better to refrain from traveling to the United States and dependent third countries, including those that have agreements with Washington. about extradition. For a complete list of such countries, see Department of State website.

In view of the above, we strongly recommend carefully weighing the risks when planning trips abroad, especially if there is reason to assume that there is a “special interest” in oneself on the part of the US special services and law enforcement agencies.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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