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 Russia’s Prosecutor General's Office refuses to extradite Yanukovych to Ukraine

The Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation refused to grant request of Kyiv to arrest and extradite former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

This was announced by the Russia's Prosecutor General's Office spokesperson Alexander Kurennoy, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

According to him, in February 2015, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine filed a request "on arrest and confinement of Yanukovych in connection with the pre-trial investigation of one of the criminal cases filed against him, pending receipt of request on his extradition".

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"It was decided not to grant the request upon its review on the grounds stipulated by the European Convention on Extradition of Dec. 13, 1957, which the Ukrainian side was informed about," Alexander Kurennoy said.

Earlier, Moscow declined two requests filed by the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine on extradition of the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych (2010-2014).

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It should be reminded that Viktor Yanukovych fled from Ukraine in February 2014 during the mass protests on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, which participants demanded his resignation. The Verkhovna Rada has deprived him of the title of the President of Ukraine in February 2015.

Yanukovych has escaped to Russia, where he currently resides. Meanwhile, a number of criminal cases have been filed against him in Ukraine. He is accused of the mass murder of citizens, misappropriation of state property, seizure of power by unconstitutional means, and actions aimed at overthrowing the constitutional order. In particular, according to the PGO, Yanukovych was the one who made a decision to crack down protests on the Maidan and gave this order to the Interior Minister Vitalii Zakharchenko and NSDC Secretary Andrii Kliuiev.

In his first interview after the ouster with Western media in June 2015, Yanukovych said that he was grateful to President Vladimir Putin of Russia for saving his life.
 
 
 
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