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Jailed Kremlin Adviser a Headache for Swiss as Putin Meets Biden

  • U.S. asks Swiss to extradite media monitor used by Kremlin
  • Russian, U.S. presidents hold summit in Geneva on June 16
Swiss civil defence and a soldier fix barbed wire in front of “Villa La Grange” ahead of meeting in Geneva.
Swiss civil defence and a soldier fix barbed wire in front of “Villa La Grange” ahead of meeting in Geneva.Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

When Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva on Wednesday, the summit’s Swiss hosts may find themselves caught in a dilemma.

A Russian IT specialist with ties to the Kremlin is sitting in jail in Switzerland subject to a U.S. extradition request, causing a political headache for the authorities.