Source The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation paid a working visit to Ankara. Turkey has become the main state through which Russia extradites and receives criminals. In Ankara, Russian Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov signed an agreement under which the countries will continue to cooperate in this area. In addition, Russia and Turkey agreed to cooperate in the field of countering extremism, terrorism and cybercrime.
The official part of the visit began with a meeting between Mr. Krasnov and Turkish Prosecutor General Bekir Shahin. “We do one thing, and it is easy for us to communicate,” Mr. Shahin greeted his colleague. “We are on the same wavelength,” Igor Krasnov told him. According to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, “despite the difficult political situation in the world, relations between Russia and Turkey are developing successfully.” And this, he noted, is the merit of the leaders of the two countries, who personally maintain close contacts.
They also have a positive effect on the interaction of prosecutorial services. For example, according to Kommersant, earlier Russian prosecutors actively discussed with Turkish issues related to investigations into the use of torture and ill-treatment of people. Provided assistance to each other in criminal cases, including the identification, arrest, confiscation and return of assets obtained by criminal means. At the beginning of the year, the heads of the oversight agencies signed a memorandum of understanding in Moscow, and now the cooperation agreement is next.
During his current visit, Igor Krasnov noted the similarity of Russian and Turkish approaches to countering the threats of terrorism and extremism, illegal arms trafficking, drugs, as well as illegal migration and cybercrime.
“New types of cybercrime carry high risks, and not only in the field of computer information. Modern technologies are actively used by organized criminal groups in the commission of acts of corruption, as well as against children. There has been a multifold increase in the spread of false information on the Internet, the purpose of which is to artificially form public opinion from the outside, primarily among young people, in the hope of destabilizing the domestic political situation and influencing political decision-making,” said the Prosecutor General of Russia.
also said that “sufficient” judicial practice has already been formed in Russia in cases related to the criminal circulation of cryptocurrencies and other virtual assets: “Given the significant experience of both Russian and Turkish prosecutors in maintaining charges in such cases in courts, we are interested in mutual exchange of best practices and developments.”
At a meeting with the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Appeal of Turkey, Mehmet Akarci, the translator could hardly cope with complex legal terms, then Russian prosecutors came to her aid: “We understand everything. The judicial system is not as complicated as it might seem.”
The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation called counterterrorism one of the most important topics at a meeting with Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.
After that, he again returned to the problem of cybercrime. According to Igor Krasnov, last year Russia submitted a draft universal convention on combating the use of high technologies for criminal purposes to the UN Special Committee.
“The Russian approach to the document involves the criminalization of the widest range of acts in this area, since such technologies are widely used to promote extremist views, attempts to influence political regimes and the minds of ordinary people,” Mr. Krasnov recalled, emphasizing that in Western countries the understanding of cybercrime comes down only to a narrow circle of computer crimes, which, according to him, “does not reflect the essence of the problem”, and asked the minister to support the Russian position.
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According to Kommersant, during the meeting, the head of the Turkish Ministry of Justice and Prosecutor General Krasnov signed a cooperation agreement for 2023–2024, which includes issues related to both extradition and the provision of mutual legal assistance in criminal cases, and in addition, affects the sphere of countering crimes committed using information and communication technologies, including those related to digital financial assets.
“Let's not limit ourselves to what is on paper,” suggested Igor Krasnov. “The main thing is that all this goes for good,” the Turkish minister replied.