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Russia advises against travel

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MOSCOW, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Russian Foreign Ministry advised citizens that may be of interest to U.S. security agencies to avoid travel.

"Russia's Foreign Ministry recommends Russian citizens to refrain from international trips, especially to countries with extradition treaties with the U.S., if said citizens have grounded suspicions that American law enforcements are interested in them," a ministry spokesman said.

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The ministry said that a number of Russian citizens have recently been detained in various countries as per U.S. requests, ITAR-Tass reported.

"Some of the latest incidents are the arrests of Dmitry Ustinov in Lithuania, Dmitry Belorossov in Spain, Maxim Chukharev in Costa Rica, Alexander Panin in Dominican Republic," the spokesman said.

"Experience has shown that litigation against those who were, in essence, kidnapped and taken to the U.S. is prejudiced, based on shaky evidence and is of distinct accusatory nature. Generally such litigation ends up in wrongful sentences with long terms, such as it happened with Viktor Bout and Konstantin Eroshenko, sentenced to 25 and 20 years in prison respectively," the spokesperson said.

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