Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika

This was reported by Interfax.

“We will definitely respond to the request of our colleagues from the Prosecutor General Office of Ukraine. The answer will be negative, because we see political motives in criminal prosecution of these individuals “, – assured Chaika.

The Prosecutor General also added that Russian law does not provide for extradition of the individuals persecution of which is political in nature. In this regard, according to Chaika, Moscow will also refer to the norms of international law.

Earlier in February, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Vitaly Yarema requested from Russia to arrest the former president. According to him, according to the current Ukrainian legislation, legal proceedings may be conducted in absentia.

On February 4, Verkhovna Rada deprived Yanukovych of the status of honorary president of the country, which typically kept by former head of states for life.

On January 20, Kiev court ordered the arrest of Yanukovych. In mid-January, the former President was declared wanted by Interpol. In a similar status, according to the Ukrainian authorities, there are also former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Vice Prime Minister Raisa Bogatyreva and Finance Minister Yuriy Kolobov.

After the change of power in Ukraine in February of 2014, criminal proceedings were initiated against government officials Mykola Azarov and Viktor Yanukovych. The former president is also blamed for the deaths during Euromaidan, including for the actions of snipers who shot protesters on the streets of Institutskaya and Hrushevskoho.

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