Extradition request for Evgeny Chichvarkin
Peters & Peters successfully represented Evgeny Chichvarkin, the Russian mobile telephones tycoon whose extradition was sought by the Russian Federation.
Chichvarkin rose to prominence in Russia as co-founder of the mobile telephones retailer Euroset. He is well known as an ardent advocate of the free market. In 2008 he took up a senior appointment in the newly created political party, Right Cause.
His extradition was sought in respect of an allegation that in 2003-2004 he ordered the kidnap and blackmail of a former Euroset employee. Chichvarkin contended that the allegations, and associated extradition request, are politically motivated. His case was vigorously defended by Peters and Peters and in early 2011, the request was withdrawn by the Crown Prosecution Service.