On 27 May 2015 Senior District Judge Riddle discharged Mr Kononko from an extradition request by Russia on the grounds that he would not be able to receive a fair trial under article 6 ECHR due to the links with the BTA Bank v Ablyazov litigation. The judge found that there was strong interest from Kazakhstan in the outcome of the case and that Kazakhstan had attempted to influence the outcome. This brings to an end a case that started in 2012 with a Ukrainian extradition request which was discharged in 2013 and found to be an abuse of the Court’s process in 2014. The Russian Authorities have decided not to appeal the decision. Ben Keith was instructed by Rebecca Niblock at Kingsley Napley and led by Mark Summers Q.C.