Russia: Over the past several months, a campaign has been seen wherein Russian officials are working to actively protect Russian hackers from being extradited to the United States. In some instances, the Russian government is arresting foreigners on exaggerated charges and then offering to exchange them for Russian hackers being held by the arrested person’s government in an attempt to stop the hackers from being sent to the United States. There are also claims that Russian officials have even resorted to bribery in an attempt to block U.S. prosecution and investigation efforts. In one instance, Russian officials charged an Israeli citizen with drug smuggling after allegedly finding nine grams of marijuana on the Israeli citizen during a layover at the Moscow airport; the charge could result in an eight-year sentence.
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