What is the legal definition of blackmail? Posted on May 05, 2011

If a person attempted to recover their own property via what could be considered blackmail, is that a crime? Furthermore, this theoretical issue is complicated by the fact that the party seeking to recover their property is a US citizen, while the party refusing to return the property is a citizen of Russia. Could this theoretical US citizen be charged with any crime for blackmailing the Russian citizen, in order to recover their property?

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