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Seminar on issues of cooperation between law-enforcement authorities of the Russian Federation and foreign colleagues, including in the context of new challenges and threats was held in the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation
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Seminar on the theme “Current Situation and Prospects of Development of Cooperation in Criminal Law Sphere between Law-enforcement Authorities of the Russian Federation and Competent Authorities of Foreign States, Including in the Context of New Challenges and Threats”, timed to the 25th anniversary of the Russian Federation membership in the Council of Europe.

Mr. Nikolay VINNICHENKO, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Mr. Mikhail LOBOV, Head of Human Rights Policy and Co-operation Department, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe, and Mr. Pyotr GORODOV, Head of the General Department of International Legal Cooperation, opened the seminar.

The following persons took part in the seminar: Mr. Peter POLT, Prosecutor General of Hungary; representatives of the Council of Europe, including Mr. Petr SICH, Head of the Council of Europe Programme Office in the Russian Federation; heads of the divisions of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation; representatives of Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, France, Czechia, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, Institute of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Moscow State Law University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Research Institute of the University of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation.

Within the framework of two sessions the participants discussed issues of practical cooperation in the sphere of extradition of persons with the purpose of criminal prosecution and carrying out of a sentence, as well as of cross-border electronic evidence gathering in criminal investigations.

In the course of discussion of “problems of cross-border electronic evidence gathering in criminal investigations” Mr. Peter POLT, Prosecutor General of Hungary, stated his position. Presentations were also made by Ms. Gea Wind, Police Liaison Officer, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Russian Federation; Mr. Pyotr LITVISHKO, Deputy Head, General Department of International Legal Cooperation – Head, Legal and Law Enforcement Assistance Department, Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation; Mr. Konstantin KOMARDA and Mr. Temirlan SALIKHOV, representatives of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.

Practical aspects of cooperation with competent authorities of foreign states in the sphere of extradition of persons for criminal prosecution or carrying out of a sentence became the theme of presentations made by Mr. Vasily LUKASHEVICH, Non-Judicial Rapporteur, Senior Lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights; Mr. Mehmet Yerlikaya, Counsellor for Legal Affairs of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in the Russian Federation, Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey; Mr. Sergey GORLENKO, Head, Extradition Department, General Department of International Legal Cooperation, Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, and Mr. Pavel SMIRNOV, Leading Researcher, Division for Scientific Support of International Cooperation of Prosecution Service and Comparative Law, Research Institute of the University of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation.

In conclusion of the seminar, the participants noted its relevance and practical significance; spoke up for further development of cooperation and sharing of experience with foreign colleagues.

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