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.