Moscow explained the refusal to extradite Yanukovych to the Ukrainian authorities


The General Prosecutor’s office confirmed the refusal of Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych. The request for extradition of Yanukovych in the Ukraine received Russian authorities in February 2015, said in response to the request Department . 18 may 2016 the head of the Department of special investigations of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Serhiy Gorbatyuk said that Moscow has responded to the request with a refusal.

A request for extradition Yanukovych has been left without fulfillment “by virtue of Art. 3 of the European Convention on extradition of 1957,” said in the reply of the Russian Prosecutor General’s office. In this article spelled out the basis on which to deny one or another state extradition of a citizen for political reasons.

The country does not extradite a citizen of another country if it believes the prosecution was politically motivated, stated in the Convention. Also, the requested party shall refuse extradition if it considers that the request for extradition in connection with an ordinary criminal offence has actually been made to punish a person because of his race, religion, nationality or political opinion and if the person’s position may be prejudiced for any of these reasons.

Ukraine sent a request to extradite Yanukovych after the announcement of the ex-President on the international wanted list. On the website of Interpol was reported that the ex-President of Ukraine is charged with embezzlement, embezzlement in especially large amounts committed by an organized group.

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine Vitaly Yarema explained that the reason the announcement in the international search is grounds for extradition. This item is contained in the extradition agreement between Russia and Ukraine.

The General Prosecutor’s office insists on questioning Yanukovych. “We will raise the question of whether to question him on the territory of the Russian Federation”, — said Gorbatyuk (quoted by UNIAN)

According to him, the interrogation of Yanukovych in Russia will be lawful if it takes place with the participation of Russian law enforcement agencies. Investigative actions in Russia, until recently, was impossible, as no one on the request of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, the response has been received, said Gorbatyuk.

Yanukovych left Ukraine to Russia after the coup in Kiev in February 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said that Russia had helped him move in the Crimea first, and then into the territory of Ross. The whereabouts of Yanukovych are unknown. His lawyer, Vitaly Serdyuk promised to give Ukrainian investigators his address in Rostov-on-don in the case that they come in for questioning.

In Ukraine opened more than 30 criminal proceedings against Yanukovych and his former colleagues, including former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov. Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s office is investigating several criminal cases, seven of which he is a suspect, told Mr. Yan. According to him, it is about the production about the involvement of Yanukovych to the Maidan events, the activities of a criminal organization, as well as on the number of economic cases, in particular regarding the misappropriation of funds of Ukrtelecom, the acquisition of land Sukholuchye, residence Mezhyhiria.

Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika after the request of the Ukrainian side in February 2015 promised to answer the Kiev colleagues refused. “We will respond to the request of our colleagues from the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine. The answer is no, because seeing in the prosecution of these individuals political motivations”, — said Chaika.