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Bulgaria Detains Suspected Russian Hacker on US Request

Sputnik News

17:17 09.11.2018(updated 17:18 09.11.2018)

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Bulgarian authorities have detained a Russian citizen for up to 60 days at the request by Washington over his suspected involvement in cyber-fraud, the man will be later extradited to the United States, the Bulgarian prosecutor's office said in a statement posted on its website on Friday.

"On November 8, 2018, the Regional Court of Varna approved the request of the prosecutor's office for a temporary detention of Russian citizen Alexander Zh. for up to 60 days, followed by his extradition to the US," the statement said.

According to the statement, the arrest warrant for the 38-year-old Russian national was previously issued by a New York court in connection with an investigation into a case of online fraud with estimated damages of almost $7 million.


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