November 18, 2019

The Story of a Young Israeli Woman and a Russian Hacker

“In a bizarre quirk of fate, Russia is trying to trade Israeli Na’ama Issachar, just sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for possessing cannabis, for Alexei Burkov, arrested by Israel for perpetrating cyber fraud in the US.

Welcome to the wild world of extradition.

In a classic extradition case, one person commits an individual crime in his home country and flees to a foreign country to escape the law.

Usually the criminal is in it for personal gain, and none of the governments involved particularly care what happens to the criminal.

If there is an extradition treaty between the country of origin and the country the criminal fled to, he is usually extradited back home. If there isn’t one, they are often not sent back.

And then there is the situation when diplomatic considerations break into the fold.”

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