Montenegro has refused Russia’s extradition of Dmitry Senin, a former employee of the Inspectorate Department of the Personnel Service of the FSB, Novaya Gazeta writes.
The refusal became known at a meeting of the 235th Garrison Military Court of Moscow, where a criminal case of desertion (Article 338 of the Criminal Code) against Senin is being considered in absentia. Under this article, he faces imprisonment of up to seven years.
Senin received political asylum in Montenegro. The refusal to extradite the FSB colonel was explained by the authorities of Montenegro by the fact that he is being persecuted in Russia for political reasons.
Senin left Russia in 2017, fearing arrest in a criminal case against his friend, relative and countryman from Rostov-on-Don, Interior Ministry Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko. He left in a car with a passport in the name of Timur Kudasov and crossed the border with Georgia at the Upper Lars border crossing.
According to the publication, only in December 2022, operatives from the FSB’s own security department established that Senin had a foreign passport in a false name and he left the Russian Federation, and in June 2021 he was put on the international wanted list.
In early September 2022, Dmitry Senin was detained in Montenegro. The Russian prosecutor’s office made a request for extradition, but Montenegro refused to do so, since the former FSB colonel had already received refugee status.