Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said he couldn’t confirm the information (TASS). “I never thought Transparency International had the authority to grant citizenship of the Russian Federation or had any relevant information”.
As is known, former President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country during the Euromaidan, the mass anti-government protests in Ukraine in February 2014. In February 2015, the Parliament deprived him of his presidential title. Yanukovych escaped to Russia, and he resides there currently. Meanwhile, a number of criminal cases were opened against him and his supporters in the-then Cabinet. Prosecutor General’s Office pointed out that the decision to disperse protesters was made by Yanukovych himself; the-then Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko and Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Andriy Kluyev were the ones who ordered law enforcers to attack the activists.
In his first interview for the Western Press in June 2015, Yanukovych thanked Putin for saving his life. The ousted official also said that the Euromaidan movement was designed and orchestrated by the Western governments so as to destabilize the situation in Ukraine.