Ukraine shall send the request to extradite Mykolay Karpyuk to Russia. Deputy Justice Minister Serhiy Petukhov posted this on Facebook.
“We are sending the extradition request to Russia to free Mykolay Karpyuk. His brother Valentyn Karpyuk addressed such a request”, Deputy minister wrote.
The leader of the Ukrainian National Assembly (UNA) Mykolay Karpyuk was detained in Russia in March 2014.
Chechnya Supreme Court issued a guilty verdict on May 26, which found Karpyuk guilty of participating in the fighting on the side of Chechen separatists in 1990s. Karpyuk was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.
Recently, Mykolay Karpyuk’s lawyers appealed against the verdict of the Chechen Court.
As 112.International reported before the Russian jury said they both allegedly joined the Viking unit, which fought on the side of Chechen nationalists as they sought independence from Russia in the 1990s. The jury accused Karpyuk and Klykh of killing and wounding dozens of Russian servicemen. Mykola Karpyuk, leader of the Ukrainian National Assembly, was detained in March 2014. Stanislav Klykh was detained in Russia in September 2014, when he came to Russia to visit his pregnant girlfriend.