Russian authorities say they won’t hand over a Montenegrin man to his home country where he is suspected of involvement in an alleged coup attempt.

Russia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office said in a November 1 statement that it rejected a request by Montenegro’s Justice Ministry to extradite the person, whom it identified as Ananije Nikic, because he had earlier been given refugee status by Moscow.

Montenegro issued an arrest warrant for Nikic in February 2017. He was detained in Russia’s southern region of Rostov in April 2017 and held on extradition remand for several months.” (RFERL)