Department of special investigations of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine will appeal to Russia to interview the former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Serhiy Horbatyuk, the chief of the department, said this at a briefing on Thursday.
The ousted politician is charged with committing crimes against peaceful protesters during Euromaidan protest actions in late 2013-early 2014. The respective notice of suspicion was announced by Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko on November 28, during the video conference of courts in Kyiv and Rostov-on-Don.
The respective appeal will be sent to Russia next week, Horbatyuk said. ‘We will plead to interview him as the suspect. We already asked the Russian side to let our investigator be present during the interview. We’re ready for video conference,’ he stressed, specifying that Yanuvkovych will be interviewed as the suspect in organizing a criminal gang and creating obstacles for peaceful protests during Euromaidan.
Horbatyuk added that Ukraine has repeatedly sent to Russia appeals for Yanukovych’s extradition. However, the Russian authorities refused all the time, saying that the politician’s prosecution in Ukraine would be ‘politically motivated’.
‘That means the interview in Russia may be useful for us,’ Horbatyuk said.
Yanukovych already agreed for the interview to be held in Russia. His lawyer added that the ex-president fears for his life and thus does not consider the option to come to Ukraine.