Russia once again is groundless has refused to extradite prisoners of the Kremlin Sentsov and Kolchenko

Russia is groundless has refused to extradite Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko, because it considers them its citizens.

This was announced by the Deputy Minister of justice of Ukraine on European integration Sergei Petukhov.

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“This “citizenship” was forcibly imposed on all residents of the Crimea simultaneously with the annexation of the Crimea. Both Russia’s actions are void under international law. We will seek the return of our political prisoners through international organizations with influence on Russia, but also in the framework of the claims filed to the European court of human rights”, – he said.

As you know, Ukrainian film Director, screenwriter and activist Bramidan Oleg Sentsova Russian FSB detained in the night of 11 may 2014 in Simferopol and accused of preparing attacks in the Crimea, in particular, He is charged with the management of subversive and terrorist group “Right sector”, which allegedly made on 14 and 18 April 2014 arson of the headquarters of the “Russian community of Crimea” and “United Russia” in Simferopol, and also prepared in the Crimean capital of explosions near the Lenin monument and the Eternal flame.

25 Aug 2015 Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in a strict regime colony. In turn, Kolchenko, was sentenced to 10 years. During the reading of the verdict, the Ukrainians sang the national anthem of Ukraine. 24 November 2015, the Supreme court ruled to leave the verdict to the Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov and Ukrainian activist Alexander Kolchenko unchanged.