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Statement by High Commissioner on violation of the rights of Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik

24 January 2020
Statement by High Commissioner on violation of the rights of Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik

Statement by High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova on violation of the rights of Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik

On January 23, 2020, Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, detained in Greece in 2017 at the request of the United States, was extradited to France by the decision of the State Council of the Hellenic Republic.

The authorities of the Hellenic Republic did not take into account the fact that Alexander Vinnik could not be extradited to France, since the deadline set by article 17 of the Framework Decision of the Council of the European Union on the European arrest warrant and surrender procedures between member States of 13 June 2002 for the execution of the European arrest warrant for A. Vinnik issued by the French competent authorities had expired. Legitimate and cogent requests of the Russian Federation and the request of A. Vinnik and his family for extradition to the country of citizenship were ignored.

Alexander has been detained for 2.5 years, which violates article 6 of the European Convention for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of 1950, which establishes the right of everyone to a trial within a reasonable time.

The grave health condition of A. Vinnik, who went on hunger strike more than a year ago in protest, the moral suffering caused by his wife’s serious illness, and the deprivation of opportunity to communicate with two minor children, who may at any time remain orphans are not taken into account. Alexander has lost about 30 percent of his weight.

On the night of his extradition in Paris, A.Vinnik was interrogated at the Hotel Dieu Hospital. A doctor and an employee of the consular section of the Russian Embassy in France were not allowed to see him.

Taking into account all the circumstances of this case, I draw the attention of the UN human rights bodies, the Council of Europe, international organizations and the public to the flagrant case of violation of the rights of Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik and count on assistance in their restoration.

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