Moscow has asked Kiev to give six Russian citizens

The Russian justice Ministry has received treatment six Russian citizens who were sentenced to imprisonment in Ukraine, but want to serve sentence at home. This is stated in the response agencies on request .

After receiving letters from Russian officials appealed to the Ukrainian Ministry of justice. “The necessary documents in respect of the said persons were sent to the Ministry of justice of Ukraine for consideration, the answers as 12.04.2016 didn’t arrive”, — it is specified in the message Department.

Neither the names who wrote the letter to items for which they were convicted in the response of the Ministry of justice are not given.

The representative of the press service of the Russian Embassy in Ukraine was unable to clarify how many Russian citizens are in Ukrainian prisons. He noted that the official Kyiv does not always transmit such information to the diplomats, although have to do it. In the Ministry of justice of Ukraine did not answer the call .

The exact number of prisoners of the Russians is extremely difficult, because systematic study of this problem on a societal level no one does, neither in Russia, nor in Ukraine, said Oleg Bondarenko, a Russian political scientist, Director of the Agency for strategic communications. Among these prisoners are citizens of Russia, who went to the South-East of Ukraine as volunteers, and pow, says Bondarenko.

On 11 March, the press service of the Russian justice Ministry told TASS that agencies of the two countries are considering reference of the 13 Russian citizens convicted by the courts of Ukraine. Eight Russian citizens were convicted since the start of the Ukrainian anti-terrorist operation in the South-East of the country, said in April the Chairman of the security service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak.

In January of this year, a Slavic court of Donetsk region for eight years condemned a Russian citizen on charges of terrorism. In the same month of Popasna Luhansk oblast court convicted a Russian citizen to participate in armed conflict in southeastern Ukraine on the side of the militias and sentenced him to 13 years in prison. Both names were not disclosed.

One of the names of convicted in December last year named the official representative of the MFA of Russia Maria Zakharova. She told me that nothing is known about the presence of Vladimir Bezobrazov, who was convicted in Ukraine on charges of encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and sentenced to three years in prison.

Russian and Ukrainian Criminal procedural codes provide for a similar procedure for the extradition of convicted persons. Having received the instruction of the Ministry of justice, the prison service shall verify the presence or absence of grounds preventing from release. To prevent the issuance of, for example, can be the fact that in the homeland of the convicted will be pursued on additional items not specified in the request. Also if the receiving party will announce its intention to free the prisoners, it will be grounds for refusal. The final decision on extradition is taken by the court.

On 8 April, the Russian Ministry of justice has instructed the Federal service of execution of punishments to prepare the documents for resolving the issue of the transfer of Ukraine the four convicts. It is about the film Director Oleg Sentsov and activists Alexander Kolchenko and Gennady Afanasievo who had been convicted in the so-called case of the Crimean terrorists, and also about Yuri Soloshenko, sentenced to six years in a penal colony for espionage. Instruction was given in connection with the appeal of the Ukrainian Ministry of justice from March 10, said the Russian Ministry.