US prosecutors had been vying with Russia to extradite Nikulin ever since the FBI cooperated with Czech authorities to arrest him in 2016. After he was taken into custody, a court in Moscow issued its own arrest warrant for allegedly electronically stealing several thousand dollars within Webmoney back in 2009. The Czech courts ruled extradition to either country was permissible, and the country's President Milos Zeman predictably called for Nikulin to be transferred to Russia, but the country's Justice Minister Robert Pelikan chose the US. He is allegedly already en route:
"We confirm extradition to the United States," a Justice Ministry spokeswoman said in a text message, according to Reuters. "He has already flown out."