Prague Police Detain Russian Suspected Of Hacking By U.S.
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PRAGUE -- Police in the Czech Republic's capital have detained a Russian citizen suspected of hacking U.S.-based websites.
A Prague police spokesman said late on October 18 that the suspect, whose identity was not disclosed, was detained in a restaurant.
The arrest was carried out on October 5 in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Police video from the arrest identified the man only as Yevgeniy N.
The international police organization Interpol had issued a so-called Red Notice for the man, seeking his arrest, police said.
Czech courts will decide whether he will be extradited.
A spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Prague, Aleksei Kolmakov, told Interfax on October 19 that the embassy "insists on the transfer of the detained Russian citizen to Russia."
The U.S. government has accused Russia of a campaign of cyberattacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the November 8 presidential election.
On October 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed Washington's threats to retaliate, saying that the hacking allegations were mainly campaign rhetoric by the White House.
With reporting by Reuters and Interfax.
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