Russia refused Ukrainian Prosecutor-General's Office to detain and extradite Serhiy Kusyuk, former chief of special operations regiment Berkut. Serhiy Horbatyuk, the head of special investigation department, reported that in his commentary to Hromadske.
“We got the reply with refuse to extradite ex-Berkut officer Serhiy Kusyuk as he is a citizen of the Russian Federation,” Horbatyuk reported.
He added that according to the Prosecutor, Kusyuk received Russian citizenship in May of 2014.
The Prosecutor-General's Office applied to Russia to extradite Serhiy Kusyuk in mid-June. Earlier, it was reported earlier, a riot control officer who appears to be Sergey Kusyuk, a former commander of the “Berkut” special police force that brutally dispersed protesters in Kyiv in 2014, during Euromaidan, was spotted at a protest in Moscow on June 12.
Kusyuk is wanted in Ukraine for his role in the violent police crackdown on protesters in Kyiv in November 2013. In Ukraine, Kusyuk is charged with exceeding his authority as a police officer and illegally obstructing a political demonstration. In June 2015, he was placed on a wanted list, and the Ukrainian Attorney General announced that Kusyuk had relocated to Russia, adding that he might have found work with the Russian police.