In Ukraine there is a preliminary agreement with Russia for the extradition of two prisoners home — Yuri Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasyev. About it in interview to TV channel “inter” said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
“Far be it from me to make promises or to call a lot of names. I can only say that by prior arrangement we can expect to return home Afanasyev and Soloshenko” he said (quoted by “Interfax-Ukraine”).
On the transfer Soloshenko and Afanasyeva on Friday, also said the head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry Pavlo Klimkin. According to him, “in the coming weeks.” The conditions of his release, he announced, stressing that the negotiations are still going on.
Afanasiev, along with Director Oleh Sentsov and activist Alexander Kolchenko was convicted on charges of preparing two terrorist attacks in the Crimea, the preparation to another and the creation of a terrorist community. In their case, said about the arson of the offices of the organization “Russian community of Crimea” and the local branch of “United Russia”, as well as planning bombings in the night of may 9 at the Eternal flame and the monument to Lenin in Simferopol. The FSB named defendants in the case participants banned in Russia “Right sector”.
Afanasiev was the main prosecution witness, however, recanted his testimony, saying that they were given under duress. He got seven years. Afanasiev, as reported by his lawyer, is gravely ill — he had blood poisoning.
73-year-old Yuri Soloshenko was sentenced to six years ‘ rigorous imprisonment for espionage. According to the FSB, he tried illegally to buy the parts for anti-aircraft missile complex s-300.
Previously Kiev was issued by the Ukrainian servicewoman Nadezhda Savchenko, imprisoned in Russia punishment in the case of the death of two journalists VGTRK in the Donbass. The decree about its pardon was signed by President Vladimir Putin. At the same time in Russia, headed the Russians Aleksandr Erofeev and Evgeny Aleksandrov, which in Kiev called “GRU soldiers.” The court found them guilty of waging terrorist activities, the decree about their pardon signed by Poroshenko.