The General Directorate for migration, Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia has officially confirmed that the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is on the territory of the Russian Federation on the basis of granted him temporary asylum. This is stated in the reply of Department to the July query Vitaly Serdyuk – lawyer of former Ukrainian leader, reports “Interfax”.
“The citizen of Ukraine Yanukovych Victor Fedorovich granted temporary asylum on the territory of the Russian Federation, as evidenced by a certificate on granting temporary asylum on the territory of the Russian Federation, series WU N 0107999 issued by the FMS of Russia in the Rostov region”, – reported in the document.
Serdyuk, in his turn, said that the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine has previously justified the lack of progress in the investigation of the”case of Maidan” against Yanukovych lack of evidence finding him on the territory of Russia and was motivated by failures in interrogation, confrontations with the current senior officials of Ukraine and the inability to transfer “case of Maidan” in court.
Lawyer Yanukovych recalled that on February 23 the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine sent a petition questioning an autopsy on the place of his actual stay in Rostov-on-don. In response, the Ukrainian side on March 4, it was stated that information on the whereabouts of Yanukovych is checked, and the competent authorities of the Russian Federation received official confirmation of his stay in this country.
This summer, the state office of public Prosecutor of Russia has refused to extradite Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych, as he felt his prosecution in the homeland politically motivated.
On the petition of extradition of Yanukovych, which was received in February of 2015, Russia refused in accordance with article 3 of the European Convention on extradition of 1957. The article says that the country has the right not to extradite a citizen of another country, if he considers his persecution politically motivated. Also, the state may refuse extradition if the person might suffer because of his race, nationality, religious or political beliefs.
Ukraine has sent a request for extradition in 2015 after the announcement of the ex-President on the international wanted list. Yanukovych was declared wanted by Interpol January 2015 “for embezzlement and complicity in embezzlement of funds committed in large scale in an organized group”. However, in June of the same year, Interpol stopped search of the ex-President after Yanukovych’s lawyers filed a complaint against the alleged political nature of his prosecution.
Note that 6 June 2016 the Ukrainian office of Transparency International called on law enforcement agencies to expedite the investigation of criminal cases against the former President.
Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine in late February 2014 after protests in Central Kiev. February 22 the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution stating that Yanukovych “withdrew” from the performance of duties. The powers of the President were transferred to the speaker of the Rada Oleksandr Turchynov on may 25, 2014 was held early presidential elections, which were won by Petro Poroshenko.
The former President was in Ukraine a defendant in several criminal cases, including the premeditated mass murderin which he was declared internationally wanted.
In addition, the security Service of Ukraine opened against Yanukovych’s criminal case on usurpation of power. It was noted that the case of defendants who were also judges of the constitutional court and several other high-ranking officials, has no analogues in the Ukrainian law.
In addition, the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine opened against Yanukovych’s criminal case on misappropriation of state property. The former President and his alleged accomplices suspected of attempting to seize the buildings of the recreational complex “Pushcha Vodytsia” of the tract Mezhyhiria and a land plot of over 100 hectares, on which they are located.