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Two Russians convicted in Ukraine refuse to participate in exchange, - journalist

Petr Mikhalchevsky did not sign the letter. He is accused of state treason (in 2014 he was a Health Minister in occupied Crimean Government)
11:44, 17 August 2018

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Two Russians convicted in Ukraine who are in the list of prisoners exchange refused to write a letter to Russian President Putin, as Olha Reshetylova, a journalist and Coordinator of Media Initiative for Human Rights, reported on her Facebook page.

“During monitoring visits of detention places the representatives of the Ombudsman meet with Russians or Ukrainians who were included in the list of exchange of Kremlin’s hostages. They are asked for their consent or disagreement to participate in the exchange and they are offered to write a letter to Putin. Most of them write such statements without hesitation, but not all of them,” the journalist noted.

Related: Four more Russians ask to exchange them for Ukrainian political prisoners

According to her, Petr Mikhalchevsky did not sign the letter. He is accused of state treason (in 2014 he was a Health Minister in occupied Crimean Government). He confirmed it during the meeting with Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Ombudsman. Vladimir Sukhanov, the so-called Crimean runaway, refused to take part in the exchange process.

As the journalist stated, two more Crimean runways Odintsov and Baranov agreed to participate in the exchange, yet, after they called Rybin, the lawyer, they refused to write a letter to Putin.

Related: Russians arrested in Ukraine ask Putin to exchange them for Ukrainian political prisoners

“As Rybin said, “they are Russian officers, Putin knows about them”,” the activist quotes.

Earlier, Ukrainian Ombudsman Denisova stated that 22 Russian prisoners wrote Putin a letter with a request to exchange them for Ukrainian political prisoners.

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