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 PGO officially refused extradition of ATO fighter from Georgia Tsertsvadze to Russia

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The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has declined Russian request to extradite former Georgian Spetsnaz fighter and member of Azov regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine Georgy Tsertsvadze, who was detained in Kyiv under an Interpol circular on suspicion of committing a murder in the territory of the Russian Federation in 2003, his lawyer Ksenia Prokonova said.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"This week we received the decision to refuse extradition. This means the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine does not extradite Gia... We have created a precedent and have not extradited a person who fought for Ukraine to the state we're at war with," the lawyer told a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

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She said Tsertsvadze is now allowed to stay in Ukraine legally, although there still is a list of countries he should not visit for they cooperate with the Russian Federation, including Egypt and Turkey.

The lawyer said they plan to apply for Ukrainian citizenship for Tsertsvadze and that the procedure might take up to a year.

Tsertsvadze thanked "the people who believed in me and did their best to have this trial end the way it ended."

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Georgian citizen Tsertsvadze was arrested on Jan. 15, 2017 in Kyiv's Zhuliany Airport. Russia put him on the international wanted list on charges of murder and attempted murder committed in 2003 in Sochi.

Ukraine has repeatedly addressed the necessity to introduce a simplified procedure of granting citizenship or the right of residence to foreigners who took part in the defense of the country's territorial integrity. According to Kharkiv human rights activist Borys Zakharov, 11 Russian volunteers who fought on the side of Ukraine in the Donbas as part of volunteer battalions are now in custody pending extradition to Russia.

The soldiers of the Georgian Legion signed military contracts and joined the 25th Separate Mechanized Infantry Battalion "Kyiv Rus" in May 2016.

 
 
 
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