Russia Hits US Over Extradition Double Standard

US 'Routinely' Ignores Russian Requests for Extradition

Annoyed by harsh White House rhetoric about Russia’s refusal to handover whistleblower Edward Snowden, Russian Interior Ministry officials lashed the US for its “hypocritical” policy when Russia is the one doing the asking.

According to the officials, the US routinely disregards extradition requests from RussianĀ  law enforcement, denying the extradition of accused murderers and on many occasions never even bothering to respond to the requests.

All of that is entirely legal, of course, as the US and Russia don’t have an extradition agreement. Still, it makes the feigned outrage of US officials over Russia’s refusal to turn over Snowden all the more perplexing.

Indeed, Snowden’s request falls into the category of asylum seekers, while many of the people Russia sought were never seeking asylum to begin with. When the US would respond, they did so exactly as Russia does with Snowden, simply noting the lack of an extradition treaty.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.