Czech Republic refuses to extradite Russian citizen Franchetti, who participated in the occupation of Crimea, to Ukraine

The Czech Republic refused to extradite Russian Franchetti, who participated in the occupation of Crimea, to Ukraine

The Supreme Court in Prague decided to refuse Ukraine extradition of Russian Alexander Franchetti, suspected of participation in formation of the so-called “Crimean spring”. Radio Prague International writes about this.

– The Supreme Court of Prague did not allow the extradition of Russian Alexander Franchetti to Ukraine due to the hostilities unfolding in this country and the inability to guarantee the rights of the criminally prosecuted, the newspaper writes.< /p>

As noted in the report, the Czech court also fears that Franchetti, after being extradited to Ukraine, may be subjected to persecution, and his position during the criminal proceedings will obviously be worse because of Russian citizenship and participation in hostilities against Ukrainians.< /p>

Czech law enforcement agencies are now dealing with the Franchetti case. The police accused him of participating in a separatist group during the occupation of the Crimean peninsula.


Russian fitness trainer Alexander Franchetti was detained by Czech law enforcement officers at the end of 2021 at the request of the Ukrainian security forces. The Russian is suspected of participating in an illegal armed formation during the so-called “Crimean spring”, which contributed to the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The suspect has been in custody since his arrest.

Franchetti himself denies all charges. He claims that he arrived in Sevastopol in 2014 after it was occupied by the Russians. According to him, he came to “save his family and property because of the threat of war.” The Russians do not admit that they participated in the organization of the “Crimean spring”. He claims he was “just patrolling with other citizens to help the townspeople.”

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