Viktor Yanukovych, the ex-leader of the Ukrainian state may be judged in absentia. The Obolon district court in Kyiv ruled so since the refugee president did not show up again before the trail.
The prosecutor read the indictment, under which Yanukovych is charged with state treason. The lawyers object, saying they would file an appeal on the court’s decision. According to them, the reason Yanukovych misses court sessions is he fears for his life.
Viktor Yanukovych served as the president of Ukraine in 2010-2014. He was ousted during the anti-government protests, known as the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014. Back then, Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country; the ex-Ukrainian leader has been residing in Russia ever since. The Ukrainian government repeatedly demanded that Yanukovych be repatriated, but Russia refused. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine charges Yanukovych of state treason, supporting Russian officials responsible for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as waging aggressive war against the country.