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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Russians are willing to stay in jail in order to “group.” not free

Recently, there were several posts about the upcoming exchange of prisoners Ukrainian to Russian. In particular, they talked about “members of the group Oleg Sentsov and Ukrainian retired spy. The lawyer Gennady Afanasyev confirmed that “here” will take place on the exchange. The process of transferring Ukraine Soloshenko and Chirniya are also nearing the finale. But it seems that the Russian citizens serving time in Ukrainian prisons, is ready to sacrifice himself if only “terrorists” continued to sit.

photo: Natalia Muslinkina

Among the first who will give Ukraine a number of Alexei Chirny. In spring 2014, the court sentenced the Crimea to 7 years in prison for setting fire to the facade of the building of the “Russian community of Crimea”, as well as doors of office of party “United Russia”. According to investigators, He acted in the “group” Director Oleg Sentsov, which also included Alexander Kolchenko, who was sentenced for terrorism, to 10 years in prison, and Gennady Afanasiev sentenced to 7 years. Among other in the list “on the Ukraine issue” is 73-year-old Yuri Soloshenko, sentenced to 6 years for espionage. In the summer of 2014 he was arrested in Russia for attempting to acquire sensitive components anti-aircraft missile complex s-300.

Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, without going into details, told by someone can convert Soloshenko and Afanasyeva. “There are two people who are related to the events in Odessa and against which Russia has expressed interest. And who they are — know when to make the trade. I think it will happen in the near future”, — said the representative of Kiev. We can assume that Medvedchuk told about Eugene and Maxim Nefedova Socowave sitting in Ukrainian penal institutions on charges of riots in Odessa on 2 may 2014. However, Nefedov on information about a possible exchange, responded: “Not willing to give up your life for someone from the terrorists who are sitting in Russia. Let sit”.

Also the transfer to Ukraine of preparing Alexei Chirniya. There is information on the transfer of the convict from the prison of Magadan to Moscow. Lawyer Ilya Novikov in an interview with “MK” was told that the delivery of his client in the capital can not confirm: “I Know that taking him to Moscow. It should be placed in Serbian (Center for social and forensic psychiatry) or in the SIZO “Lefortovo”. Information regarding the exchange Soloshenko and Afanasyev Novikov also confirmed. “As far as I know, they are going to be exchanged for the Russian prisoners.”

Read more about it “MK” said Alexander Popkov, a lawyer Gennady Afanasyev.

First Afanasiev signed the documents to serve his sentence in the territory of Ukraine. It was one of the ways for his return, along with the pardon. After my client filed a petition for clemency on the strong recommendation of the Russian side, which from the beginning of may is actively involved in negotiations on this subject.

— Possible exchange Afanasyev at the Russian prisoner in Ukraine?

— I do not know and are not interested in the question of who will give in return (Afanasyeva). I’m more concerned about the protection of their rights. Let all the parties were satisfied with the exchange.

In late may, it was reported that the transfer of Gennady Afanasyev could take place “on humanitarian grounds”.

— He had big health problems after serving their sentence in the Komi Republic. You have violated the conditions of carriage. Drove in the car where there was water, with dirty mattresses. A few days Afanasiev did not wash. As a result he developed a skin disease that is fraught with blood disease, furunculosis. Disease Afanasyev also spurred Russia to more effective measures.

— When will the transfer to Ukraine of your client?

Last month we were in such a state that its fate will be decided. Transfer Afanasyev can be held day after tomorrow and next month. But still can break, the negotiations are very complex. The dialogue at the diplomatic level with the involvement of various agencies and stakeholders.

Why not address the topic of the program Oleg Sentsov Ukraine, “MK” said Svetlana Sidorkina, a lawyer of Oleksandr Kolchenko, an alleged accomplice of the Director. She noted that discussions about transfer are the place to be. “I believe that negotiations are ongoing. But their results are not intended for extensive storage space. They do not advertise”.

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