Radio Free Europe on the release of Paraskevich
© 21.03.2014

Radio Free Europe, which promotes democratic values ​​and institutions, has published on its website an article on Tatiana Paraskevich‘s release from the extradition dentention centre in Pilsen.

49-year-old Tatiana Paraskevich has spent 22 months in custody, following the issuance of requests for her extradition by Ukraine and Russia. She is a former coworker of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh oppositionist. She faced charges of embezzling millions of dollars from Kazakhstan‘s BTA bank.

Over the 22 months, non-governmental international organisations, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch urged Czech authorities to prevent the rendering of Paraskevich, and drew attention to the political nature of the charges.

Last month, the Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic agreed to grant Paraskevich subsidiary protection in the Czech Republic for one year, which prevented her extradition. At the same time, the Ministry did not approve her release from custody.

On 20 March, 2014, by a decision of the Minister of Justice of the Czech Republic, Tatiana Paraskevich left the detention facility. She is now with her family in Karlovy Vary. The 22-month stay in prison impaired Paraskevich’s health – she suffers from anemia and heart problems.