Ministry of Justice will return political prisoner Valentyn Vyhivsky who was condemned in Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

These actions of the Ministry of Justice became possible after the received letter of Petro Vyhivsky requesting to solve the issue of transferring his son, Valentyn
12:45, 31 December 2016

The Ministry of Justice has decided to bring back to Ukraine the convicted in Russia political prisoner Valentyn Vyhivsky. It was reported by the press service of the Ministry.

It is reported that the decision about further serving of a sentence in Ukraine was adopted on the basis of the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons in 1983.

"Presently, the relevant documents have already been sent to Darnytsia district court of Kyiv with a request of aligning the sentence of the court of the Russian Federation, which sentenced Valentyn Vyhivsky, in accordance with Ukrainian laws," the report says.

After receiving a copy, the Ministry of Justice will provide the Russian Federation the information about the decision together with a copy of the court ruling. Then, a prisoner transfer should take place with the consent of all parties.

It is worth noting that the these steps by the Ministry of Justice became possible after April 4 due to the complaint, received by the Ministry of Justice from Peter Vyhivsky demanding to resolve the issue of transferring his son Valentyn from the Russian Federation to Ukraine, whom the Russian judicial system has announced guilty of "spying".

Valentyn Vyhivsky is in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Kirov region. In December 2015, Russian court sentenced him to 11 years in prison for espionage. Vyhivsky was detained in Crimea. He was accused in allegedly recruiting staff of the Russian military-industrial complex through the internet, so that they collected secret data for the Ukrainian special services. Press service of the Russian Federal Security Service reported that Valentyn Vyhivsky was detained during the transfer of money to a Russian citizen for extracted materials.

"Ukrainian citizen Valentyn Vyhivsky, accused of committing crimes under Article 183, part 1, and Article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code, has been sentenced by the Moscow Regional Court to 11 years imprisonment, the term is to be served in a tight-security penal colony," the FSB reported back then.

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