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Switzerland to extradite former Russian nuclear minister to US

[JURIST] Switzerland has decided to extradite Russia's former nuclear minister to the US to face conspiracy, money laundering, and tax evasion charges, an official from the Switzerland Justice Ministry [official website] said Monday. The Russian government has been fighting Yevgeny Adamov's extradition to the US because they are fearful that Adamov might disclose the country's nuclear secrets. Adamov is wanted in the US for allegedly stealing approximately $9 million in US Energy Department [official website] funds and diverting them to private projects in the US, Russia, and the Ukraine. A statement by the Swiss Justice Ministry said the US extradition petition was granted because "had priority been given to Russia, Adamov's Russian citizenship would have meant that he could not subsequently have been extradited onward to the United States." Adamov declared a hunger strike [JURIST report] over the weekend demanding that Swiss authorities extradite him to his home country. He has 30 days to file an appeal with the Swiss supreme court. AP has more. From Russia, MosNews has local coverage.

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