The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement saying
Russia’s negative reaction to the extradition of Russian alleged hacker
Yevgeny Nikulin to the United States had been expected. Via its Twitter
account, the ministry said on Tuesday that Moscow’s response had not been
Nevertheless, from the Czech Republic’s perspective the move was a sovereign decision based on independent courts, including the Constitutional Court, the statement said.
Last week Mr. Nikulin was handed over to the United States, where he will face charges of stealing data from major internet companies. He is wanted in his native country on lesser charges and Russia had also requested his extradition.
The Constitutional Court says an application to extradite Russian alleged
hacker Yevgeny Nikulin to the United States was well-founded. The
country’s top court on Tuesday published the reasoning behind its
decision to respect the US’s request for the handover of Mr. Nikulin. He
faces charges of hacking top internet companies, including LinkedIn and
The Czech justice minister, Robert Pelikán, extradited Mr. Nikulin to the US after the Constitutional Court’s ruling last week, which lifted any obstacle to him doing so.
Mr. Nikulin’s lawyer, Martin Sadílek, said he was waiting to hear from Mr. Nikulin’s parents as to whether they want to take the matter to the European Court of Human Rights.
The US rock band Metallica performed a popular Czech song during a concert
in Prague on Monday night. The group surprised the crowd with an
impromptu-seeming rendition of Banjo Band’s Jožin z bažin.
The song was written by the latter’s leader Ivan Mládek and first released in the 1970s, before becoming a YouTube sensation 10 years ago.
Metallica performed songs from throughout a career spanning almost four decades at a sold-out O2 Arena.
Croatia last year reinforced its position as the most popular foreign
destination for Czechs. According to figures issued by the Czech Statistics
Office on Tuesday, 850,000 Czechs visited Croatia in 2017, a rise of 3
percent on the previous year.
The country has been the top destination for Czechs for 20 years, with the exception of 2015, when it was beaten in that regard by Slovakia.
Italy was the second most popular destination for Czechs in 2017. Some 636,000 visited the country, a rise of 15 percent on the year before.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has slammed the Czech Republic’s
decision to extradite its national, alleged hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, to the
The Russian foreign ministry issued a statement on Monday calling it a “politically motivated” decision made to demonstrate allegiance, rather than a decision on the basis of legal grounds.
It said the decision would inevitably undermine Czech-Russian relations.
The Ministry for Regional Development wants to push ahead with plans for
social housing, which previous governments failed to secure, according to
Czech Television. The ministry is preparing an amended bill on social
housing according to which it would be financed both by state and EU funds.
While many NGOs have long criticized the absence of social housing for socially-challenged citizens, others fear that newly built apartments for lower-income families would create new excluded localities.
An outdoor photo exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia
on the premises of the Senate has reopened to the public after its winter
The exhibition in the Valdštejnska gardens shows over 163 large photos documenting various milestones in the country’s development, from Tomas G. Masaryk’s arrival from exile in 1918, through the Nazi occupation, the communist years and the 1989 Velvet Revolution right up to Ester Ledecka’s triumph at the Winter Olympics in 2018.
The exhibition will remain on show in the Senate gardens until May 18 after which it will travel around the country.
The Czech lawyer of alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, whom the Czech
Republic recently extradited to the United States wants to challenge the
decision at the Czech Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human
Lawyer Martin Sadílek said he considers the justice minister’s decision to extradite Nikulin to the US legally shaky since the minister had not given Nikulin a chance to appeal the verdict of the Constitutional Court which rejected his complaint against extradition as „groundless“. The lawyer says that this could open the door to compensation for Nikulin.