A Court in Vienna Has Allowed to Extradite an ex-Official of Ministry of Culture to Russia
Maso's lawyer Vladislav Musiyaka confirmed to the media that the Vienna Higher Regional Court rejected his client's complaint about the extradition decision. According to the lawyer, this decision will be appealed. “A complaint is being prepared for this decision, we will file it with the Austrian Supreme Court. So this is not the last resort”, said Musiyaka.
In mid-November, it became known that Maso sought political asylum in Austria. Then he called the “purpose of instituting criminal proceedings” against him an attempt to prevent the reappointment of Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky during the formation of the new government in May 2018.
In mid-October 2019, the Vienna Regional Criminal Court agreed to extradite Mazo to Russia. In January 2020, Medinsky lost his post of Minister of Culture after the resignation of the government of Dmitry Medvedev and was appointed Assistant to the President of Russia.