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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Kiev is waiting for the consent of the Kremlin on a new high-profile exchange of prisoners


Ukraine prepared and handed over to Russia documents required for the exchange of prisoners in the Russian Federation of citizens of Ukraine Yuriy Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasyev. About it during communication with journalists said the Minister of justice Pavel Petrenko. Negotiations on the return of the two men are representatives of the security Service of Ukraine.

Yuri Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasiev. Photo focus.ua.

Recall: Gennady Afanasiev, which is usually mentioned in connection with the “case of Oleg Sentsov, was arrested by the FSB of Russia in Simferopol in may 2014 and subsequently sentenced to 7 years in strict regime colony. The most famous participants of the “case of the Crimean Tatar terrorists”, Director Oleg Sentsov, was sentenced by the court to 20 years in prison on charges of organizing terrorist acts in the Crimea; 10 years in prison got his alleged accomplice Alexander Kolchenko.

73-year-old from Poltava Soloshenko, voluntarily arrived in Moscow, came under suspicion in espionage in favor of Ukraine. 14 Oct 2015 Moscow city court recognised Yury Danilovich, who previously held the post of General Director of state enterprise “Production Association “Znamya”, guilty of espionage and sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment with serving of sentence in strict regime colony.

In relation Soloshenko and Afanasyev, according to the Ukrainian Minister of justice “are closed diplomatic negotiations”; Mr. Petrenko “there is cautious optimism that all will be well and they will return to the territory of Ukraine”.

“The legal side is fully prepared and handed over to the Russian Federation, – said Pavel Petrenko. The answer is obtained from the results of diplomatic negotiations, as was the case with Nadezhda Savchenko. Until the last moment the negotiations were conducted, which were then legal component, so here the same situation, and it is important that politicians are not commented on until the moment when our children cross the border of Ukraine. Negotiations very complicated.”

As earlier have informed “MK”, the former head of the presidential administration of Ukraine and the former first Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Viktor Medvedchuk shortly after homecoming of the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko (exchanged for Russians Evgeny Erofeev and Alexander Alexandrov) has announced a new upcoming “exchange of political prisoners.” This time, Viktor Vladimirovich, credible in GDP, meant Gennady Afanasyev Yuri Soloshenko; last name. if it has not been mentioned. Afanasyev and Soloshenko supposedly exchanged on several of the defendants in the “case of the burning of the Odessa house of trade unions” that occurred on may 2 last year.

During Saturday’s briefing in the Prosecutor General of Ukraine on the occasion of the “first nitochnogo the arrest of senior officials of the criminal organization of Viktor Yanukovych” (quoting the announcement on the website of the GPU) the head of Department Yury Lutsenko also spoke on the topic Soloshenko and Afanasyeva. However, did it deliberately evasive.

“The way is different, including the pre-trial investigation, judicial investigation, under a conviction,” said the Prosecutor General. Issues can be resolved if there is political agreement.”

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