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Lawyer: Prosecutor General`s Office to demand Mironov case files from  the U.S. 

Lawyer: Prosecutor General`s Office to demand Mironov case files from  the U.S. 

ArmInfo.Within the next five days, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office will file a request to the US Department of Justice, demanding the Sergey Mironov  case files, Izvestia newspaper reports, citing Mironov's lawyer Karen  Nersisyan. To note, Mironov was recently detained in Armenia at the  US request on suspicion of arms trafficking.   

"We will do our best to get clarifications from the US side regarding  what has happened in Armenia. Now the situation has cardinally  changed, because Mironov is already in Russia. At first, it is  necessary to understand whether Mironov is on the international  wanted list or not. Then the Russian Prosecutor General's Office has  the right to request the case files from the US to investigate the  case in our country.  The Prosecutor General's Office will send the  relevant request to the US Department of Justice within the next five  days," the newspaper quotes the lawyer as saying. 

Nersisyan says that if Mironov is guilt, he will serve his sentence  in Russia. "Mironov is interesting to the US on the US territory. Now  that he is already in Russia and his extradition is impossible  according to our country's Constitution, the US interest is most  likely to subside," the lawyer says.  

To recall, Russian citizen Sergey Mironov, 30, was detained at  Zvartnots international airport in Armenia on August 26. According to  the police, he has been on the international wanted list upon the US  request since 11 May 2016. The US law-enforcers charge Mironov with  arms trafficking and money laundering. On August 29, the Court of  General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork Marash Administrative  Districts of Yerevan rejected the prosecutor's motion on temporary  arrest of Mironov at the US request. 

According to the Russian mass media, the law enforcement bodies of  Russia have not received any instructions on detention of their  citizen either from the USA or from Interpol. Russian politicians  consider that the US demand from Armenia to extradite the Russian  citizen runs counter to international standards.  

Mironov left Armenia for Russia on August 31. The Russian Foreign  Ministry was closely following the case of its citizen detained at  the US request, Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria  Zakharova stated at yesterday's briefing, commenting on the detention  of Russian citizen Sergey Mironov. "The US simply hunts for our  citizens abroad. We have repeatedly warned our citizens about it",  the Russian diplomat noted. At the same time, she noted that these  actions violate all the international norms and principles. "By such  actions obstacles are created for normalization of Russian-US  relations," Zakharova said.

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