The US has 40 days to present its extradition request to Spain; given that Levashov’s arrest reportedly was the result of an “international complaint,” it’s reasonable to guess that the US is the one who asked the arrest to be made. Indeed, Piotr Levashov’s wife Maria told Russian TV that her husband was detained at the request of American authorities. She also said that the arrest was in connection with a computer virus “which appears to have been created by my husband [and] is linked to Trump’s victory.”
We should learn more from the US extradition request, but this could be a potentially notable development in the ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged hacking of the US during the presidential campaign and exactly how it might have influenced the election. Back in January, US intelligence officially accused Russia of ordering an “influence campaign” meant to destabilize the US voting process, with the alleged hacks a major component of that process. The country specifically was cited for undermining public faith in the election process and attempting to sway the election to Russia’s preferred candidate, Donald Trump.