The Russian Ministry of justice received documents on the extradition of Savchenko


The Russian side received the documents on extradition of the Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko in Russia sentenced to 22 years in prison, said justice Minister Alexander Konovalov, the correspondent

“The package [of documents] on the transfer of Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko Ukraine did, there is a collection and verification of documents” — Konovalov said at a briefing during the VI St. Petersburg international legal forum.

The Minister said that the procedure is “as usual”. However, he noted that the procedure for returning home to serve the sentence “the GRU soldiers” Alexander and Yerofeyev have not yet started. “This is a trilateral deal. They should Express a wish and write an appeal. But while such treatment is not received,” — said Konovalov.

Information about the transfer Savchenko Ukraine and Erofeeva and Alexandrov return to the homeland appeared at the end of April. The procedure assumes that the countries will give each other the defendants to serve their sentences at home.

At the end of April, a lawyer Ukrainian pilots mark Feigin said about the beginning of procedure of extradition of Savchenko. To date she filed the necessary documents. While her plea she refused, but paid the fine in the case of illegal border crossing. On 11 may, the lawyer of the Russians Alexandrova and Erofeeva Oksana Sokolovsky said that the exchange may not take place, and added that Moscow and Kiev “took a break”.

On March 22, the Donetsk city court (Rostov region) recognized Savchenko is guilty of the deaths of Russian journalists and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. The court came to the conclusion that in the summer of 2014 she fought in the Ukrainian battalion “Aydar” in Luhansk region and brought artillery fire on a film crew of VGTRK. Nearly a month later, on 18 April, a court in Kiev has recognized Evgeny Erofeev and Alexander Alexandrov guilty of terrorism and participation in hostilities in the Donbass. They were sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The issues of extradition of convicted persons are resolved on the basis of the Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons of 1983 and the Criminal procedure code of Russia and Ukraine. As explained in the Russian Ministry of justice, the parties must exchange documents, which, among others, require that decisions of courts must be recognized by both countries, and the sentences executed. If Moscow or Kiev announced its intention to release prisoners, in accordance with the criminal procedure code it will be the basis for refusal of extradition. However, under the Convention, each party may grant pardon, Amnesty or reduce punishment in accordance with the Constitution or other legal acts. To prevent the results can and the fact that the home convict will chase of extra items not specified in the request.