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Kyiv court allows process against Putin's representative in absentia
13:05, 7 November 2017
Kyiv court allows process against Putin's representative in absentia

Oleg Belaventsev is suspected of encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, state treason and the conduct of an aggressive war

13:05, 7 November 2017

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Svyatoshynsky district court of Kyiv allowed to conduct a trial against the plenipotentiary representative of the Russian president in the North Caucasus federal district Oleg Belaventsev. This was announced on Monday by the military prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko, Meduza reports.

Belaventsev is suspected of encroaching on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and state treason, as well as in conducting an aggressive war. The crime, according to investigators, was committed in February-March 2014, when the Russian Federation occupied the Crimea. Immediately after the seizure of the peninsula, Belaventsev became an ambassador in the Crimean federal district.

The lawsuit against Belaventsev was sent to court in November 2016, at the same time he was put on the wanted list. He is also included in the sanctions list of Ukraine, drawn up in 2016.

Belaventsev represented the Russian president Vladimir Putin in the Crimea until July 2016, when a separate Crimean federal district was abolished and then included in the Southern federal district.

Related: Ukraine's Prosecutor office to nail on charges against 39 Russia citizens

As it was reported earlier Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office investigates cases against 46 high-ranking officials of Russian Federation for leading an aggressive war against Ukraine and other grave crimes.

“46 citizens of Russian Federation are prosecuted for leading an aggressive war against Ukraine and other grave crimes by military prosecutor’s office,” Prosecutor’s Office reported.

Russian presidential adviser Sergey Glazyev, former presidential envoy to the Crimean Federal District Oleg Belaventsev, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, Russian Deputy Defense Ministers Dmitry Bulgakov and Nikolai Pankov, First Deputy Defense Minister Valery Gerasimov, and other high-ranking were pressed charges, according to the agency.

Related: Feygin: International tribunal over Russia’s top-rank officials possible

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