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Former Russian nuclear minister to appeal Swiss extradition to US

[JURIST] Former Russian atomic energy minister Yevgeny Adamov intends to appeal a Swiss court ruling to extradite him to the United States, a spokesman for the Swiss Federal Justice Department said Thursday. Last week, a Swiss court ruled [JURIST report] that the United States has priority in taking custody of Adamov, who is wanted in the US for allegedly stealing approximately $9 million in US Department of Energy [official website] funds. Adamov's lawyer said he will attempt instead to have his client extradited to Russia, where the former head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (formally Minatom) [official website; NTI backgrounder] is also facing charges of fraud and abuse of office. RIA Novosti has more. From Russia, Itar-Tass has additional coverage.

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