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Russian Federation granted citizenship to 9 ex-soldiers and ex-commander of Berkut special regiment Sadovnyk
12:22, 18 January 2017
Russian Federation granted citizenship to 9 ex-soldiers and ex-commander of Berkut special regiment Sadovnyk

Russia also granted temporary asylum to two former “Berkut” officers considering them refugees

12:22, 18 January 2017

Ria

Russian Federation granted citizenship to former commander of the special regiment of the "Berkut" special unit Dmytro Savovnyk and 9 former fighters of the special regiment, who are accused of shooting 48 Euromaidan activists on the Instytutska street in Kyiv in February 2014. This was stated by the prosecutor Roman Psyuk during the consideration of the case by Sviatoshyn District Court of Kyiv against the former "Berkut" officers, "Ukrainian News" informed.

In particular, the prosecutor asked the jury to take into account and consider the Russian response to the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.

"We have got the answer from the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, signed by Deputies of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, according to which 10 persons, their names are listed in the indictment – they are the fighters of "Berkut" special regiment, have already acquired citizenship of the Russian Federation and, according to our data, are hiding in Russia,” he said.

According to the prosecutor, Russia has granted citizenship to Sadovnyk in December 2014, and to nine former "Berkut" fighters - in April 2014, September 2014, April 2015 and January 2015.

Additionally, Russia also granted temporary asylum to two former “Berkut” officers considering them refugees.

The Court attached the materials to the case.

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