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 Kyiv requests Russia to extradite people's deputy Onyshchenko

Ukraine's Chief Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytskyi has sent a request to the Russian Federation asking to extradite people's deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko suspected of gas fraud.

Censor.NET reports referring to Kholodnytskyi's Facebook page.

According to him, Onyshchenko periodically travels to Russia and the Ukrainian side is currently checking the information about the issuance of a Russian internal passport to the fugitive MP.

"Therefore, today, without awaiting Interpol's decision, I, as senior prosecutor and procedural supervisor, have agreed and forwarded a request to the competent authorities of the Russian Federation for international legal assistance to further his [Onyshchenko's - ed.] extradition to the Ukrainian side," Kholodnytskyi wrote.

Read more: Interpol to decide on issuing notice against Onyshchenko by Sept. 6, - Kholodnytskyi

On March 16, the NABU raided the office of Oleksandr Onyshchenko. It stated the searches were carried out under the pre-trial investigation into abuse of office during the sale of natural gas extracted jointly with Ukrhazvydobuvannia SE.

Later, the NABU requested the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) to lift the immunity of people's deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko. Moreover, the NABU and the PGO claim Onyshchenko is involved in embezzlement of 1.6 billion hryvnia (approx. $64.02 million).

On June 16, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko issued a motion requesting Verkhovna Rada's consent for criminal prosecution, detention, and pretrial confinement of Onyshchenko. On July 5, the parliament approved the detention and arrest of the people's deputy.

The suspect himself stated he was busy with the preparation for the upcoming Olympics and not going to react to NABU's actions. On July 29, Onyshchenko said he was in the UK and had applied for political asylum.
 
 
 
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