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 Ukraine sent requests for extradition of Klykh, Karpiuk to Russia, - Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine requests the Russian Justice Ministry to hand over Ukrainians Stanislav Klykh and Mykola Karpiuk pursuant to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. Still, it hopes the issue will be tackled at the political rather than legal level.

First Deputy Minister of Justice Nataliia Sevostianova told journalists, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

"We've done it as well (sent Russia requests for the extradition)," she said.

Read more: Klykh's lawyer dwelt on gruesome tortures applied against her defendant in Russian prison

According to Sevostianova, Russia has not responded to the inquiries so far.

The first deputy minister of justice also hopes that the issue of Klykh and Karpiuk's return will be tackled in the near future at the political rather than legal level.

Read more: "They implanted some black capsule-like things under his skin, which exploded; threatened to cut off his hands if he continued resisting," - Klykh's mother described tortures of her son in Russian prison

Earlier, the court of Grozny (Russia) convicted citizens of Ukraine May 19. Chechnya's Supreme Court has sentenced Karpiuk to 22 years and six months in a high-security prison and Klykh - to 20 years in prison May 26. The Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation dismissed appeal of Ukrainians Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh against their confinement June 14.

Feb. 17, 2016, Russian Human Rights Center Memorial recognized citizens of Ukraine Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh political prisoners whom Russia was unlawfully holding in prison. According to human rights activists, the indictment in this case was made with violations and described nonexistent crimes.
 
 
 
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