The Czech Republic has granted political asylum to former Ukrainian Economy Minister Bohdan Danylyshyn, RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service reports. Danylyshyn was arrested by Czech police — based on an Interpol request made by Kyiv officials — near the Ukrainian Embassy in Prague on October 18. He has been in a preliminary detention center in Prague since then. A Prague city court must now make a decision on his release.Continue Reading

US law enforcement authorities have announced the arrest in the Czech Republic of Dmitry M. Naskovets, a Belarusian national accused as a co-conspirator in over 2,000 instances of identity theft and over 5,000 instances of fraud over the Internet. The indictment against Naskovets alleges that he created and operated a website,, through which the fraud was initiated. He was arrested in Prague 15 April and is being held pending his extradition to face trial in the United States.Continue Reading