Prisoners in Ukraine, “the GRU soldiers” will submit a petition for pardon


“Today entered into force the verdict of Goloseevsky regional court of Kiev against Yerofeyev and Alexandrov. The appeal by the defence has not been filed. Accordingly, in the near future will be filed with the petition for pardon of citizens of the Russian Federation to the President of Ukraine in accordance with the decree of the President,” — wrote Monday in a Facebook lawyer Erofeev Oksana Sokolovsky.

In may Erofeev and Alexandria were recognized as the Goloseevsky court of Kiev found guilty in the conduct of terrorist activities on the territory of Ukraine and sentenced to 14 years and confiscation of property. The Ukrainian side insists that they were serving Russian military and fought on the territory of Ukraine. The Russian defense Ministry has consistently stated that they at the time of arrest on the territory of Luhansk region in may 2015, already not was in the service. The protection of Russians has provided the court documents on their dismissal from the Russian armed forces and receive the service of the Luhansk people’s militia.

Previously, lawyers and Erofeeva Alexandrov talked about the possibility of exchange of sentenced Russians to Ukrainians in Russia. As reported in April, a Federal official confirmed a source close to the leadership of the Federation Council, Moscow will give Nadiya Savchenko to Ukraine for punishment, and Kiev Russia will return two indicted war, Alexander Alexander and Evgeny Erofeev, is considered in Ukraine, “the GRU soldiers”. These processes will be synchronized, but will take place only after the verdict spectacular video. will come into force — that is, not before mid-may.

Official information about the impending transfer of Savchenko Ukraine and Erofeeva and Alexandrov return to the homeland appeared at the end of April.According to the Russian Ministry of justice, Russians and Ukrainians can return to their country on the basis of the Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons of 1983 and the Criminal procedure code of Russia and Ukraine

On 18 may the Minister of justice of Russia Alexander Konovalov said that the Russian side has received the documents for extradition of the Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko in Russia sentenced to 22 years in prison. 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 triangular transaction. They should Express a wish and write an appeal. But while such treatment is not received,” — said Konovalov.

However, Sokolovsky has expressed confidence that the exchange will take place, but will be applied to the procedure of pardon by the President of Ukraine and the Russian prisoners.