The Ministry of justice of Russia has refused to extradite to Ukraine who was convicted in Russia for terrorism Oleksandr Kolchenko, reports “Rain” with reference to Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister Sergei Petukhov.
In Facebook account Petukhov published document of the Ministry of justice, in which the office explains that Kolchenko is not Ukrainian. He acquired Russian citizenship in accordance with the law “About acceptance to the Russian Federation the Republic of Crimea” in March 2014. After that Kolchenko as a citizen of the Russian Federation with another citizenship, is considered by Russia as its only citizen.
It is also noted that between Russia and Ukraine there are no treaties regulating the issues of dual citizenship. On these grounds the Russian Ministry of justice issued a denial.
Alexander Kolchenko and Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov was convicted in the case of “Crimean terrorists”. In August 2015, they were sentenced to 20 and 10 years of imprisonment. The consequence considers that they intended to detonate improvised explosive devices at the memorial Eternal flame and the monument to Lenin in Simferopol on the night of 9 may 2014. Also they were accused of arson offices of the public organization “Russian community of Crimea” and representative of “United Russia” in Simferopol.
May 1, 2016 Sentsov and Kolchenko have filled the documents for the extradition to Ukraine. On 21 October the Russian Ministry of justice refused to Ukraine in the transfer of Sentsov. Russia has grounded its decision on the same grounds as in the issue of year – the presence of convicted Russian citizenship. He also awarded citizenship automatically after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, but the passport was never received.