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Spain Approves Extradition of Russian Programmer Levashov To US

Russia’s spam king to be extradited to the US.



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The National Court of Spain on Tuesday gave the nod for the extradition of a notorious Russian programmer to the United States.

Pyotr Levashov, 38, is accused of hacking and running a botnet, allegedly connected to the Kelihos network — a botnet with over 100,000 compromised or infected devices used for malicious purposes.

The court decision came after Moscow challenged a US request to extradite Levashov, in which Spain was asked by Moscow to return the programmer to Russia.

Levashov’s wife, Maria, expressed fear over his possible extradition to the US:

“I don’t know what to do. One thing I clearly understand is that if my husband is extradited to the US, my son and I will never see him again. They will cook up anything, but will never let him go.”

Back in April, following Levashov’s arrest, Maria told Russian media that the likely motive for the extradition was particular activity associated with the 2016 US election hacking.

Levashov also previously stated that he feared his life would be in danger if he were to be extradited to the US.

“I fear for my life… conditions incompatible with life in order to extract Russian secrets,” said Levashov.

“If I go to the U.S., I will die in a year. They want to get information of a military nature and about the United Russia party. I will be tortured, within a year I will be killed, or I will kill myself,” Levashov told RIA.

Jose Florez is the founder of Mental Daily, a psychology blog and news aggregator. His previous work has appeared in Psychology Today, HuffPost, Glamour, Lifehack, and others.