Putin opponent runs out of luck
There was no news to suggest he was in Tenerife, and his arrest occurred on 11th April during a routine control check.
It was part of an operation against Romanian gangs, and, when his documentation was checked, it was flagged with an international claim for fraud in Russia.
However, Popov’s wife told the Finnish press there wasn’t an open case against her husband, who is not politically active right now, and that he was on holiday here.
Popov, politically opposed to Vladimir Putin, fled Russia in 2015 to Finland, where he was given asylum last February.
Initially, the La Orotava courts took charge of his case. But the National Courts have since taken it over since it is the relevant Spanish court for extraditions.
And, if the process is the same as on other occasions, Popov will now be in Madrid.
The Finland Government has taken an interest, says the media there, presumably to stop Popov’s extradition.
His political party suffered a serious setback in the last Russian elections, in which Putin’s party again secured a landslide victory.
However, it is common knowledge that there is political repression in Russia, and it is suspected that political opponents have been murdered, on government orders.
The death of public figures opposed to Putin has caused worldwide scandals, such as Boris Berezovski, found dead in his Berkshire home of Ascot in 2013.
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