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Swiss decision to extradite ex-nuclear minister to US triggers row with Russia

[JURIST] Russia [JURIST news archive] cautioned Switzerland on Wednesday that the countries' bilateral ties would be harmed by the Swiss decision to extradite former Russian atomic energy minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant backgrounder] to the US. Switzerland's Ministry of Justice [official website, in German] ruled earlier this week that Adamov must faces charges in the US prior to being returned to Russia. Russia had sought to try Adamov on charges that he diverted up to $9 million in nuclear security funds earmarked for Russia to private projects over fears Adamov would divulge nuclear secrets. Russian Justice Minister Yuri Chaika says that the US is unlikely to hand over Adamov [RBC News report] for trial for an extended period of time. The Russian Foreign Ministry [official website, English version] reportedly summoned the Swiss envoy [Interfax report] and told him that the extradition decision was "unjust" and warned that it would affect the two nations' relations. Adamov was arrested in May [JURIST report] while visiting his daughter in Switzerland, and has been held [JURIST report] in the country since. AP has more.

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