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Russian oppositionist Dmitriy Gudkov escapes to Ukraine due to political prosecutions

Source : 112 Ukraine

The politician supposes that the case opened against him in Russia to interfere him from running at the next parliamentary elections
13:34, 7 June 2021

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Russian oppositionist, ex-MP of the State Duma of Russia Dmitriy Gudkov has moved from Russia to Ukraine since he can be arrested at home as the politician reported on Telegram.

“I approach Kyiv, where the meetings and broadcasts were planned for a long time (today with Yevhen Kiselyov). A few close sources from the entourage of the Administration of the President reported that if I do not leave the country, the fake criminal proceeding will be continued down to my arrest. If I stay, the sanction exists to solve the issue of Gudkov by all means,” the former Russian politician noted.

According to him, the case opened against him in Russia is tied with the aspiration of the authorities to interfere with him from running at the next parliamentary elections.

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Later, Gudkov reported to Interfax that after Kyiv he intends to head to Varna, Bulgaria. His parents stay there.

Meanwhile, the source informed Interfax that Gudkov by leaving Russia has violated the restriction of travel order, and soon, he can be detained in absentia and put on the wanted list.

However, soon, lawyer of the politician Mykhailo Biryukov denied this information, stating that his client left Russia legally.

“He did not violate anything; he had no restrictive measure, only the personal recognizance to appear to the investigator. That is why he had full authority to cross the border,” Biryukov said.

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The lawyer added that the investigator did not summon Gudkov and he sees no grounds for putting the politician on the wanted list or choosing the restrictive measure for him.

It is known that at the beginning of June, Dmitriy Gudkov was detained in Russia. He faced five years in jail in the case of the non-payment on the rent agreement of non-living premises in 2015-2017.

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