Participation of the released Ukrainian sailors at the court sessions in Russia might be in absentia, without a presence in the courtroom, as TSN reported citing Ukraine’s ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova.
“Participation is not the presence. We have Skype, conference. And according to the legislation Ukrainian and Russian, it is possible to participate in such a way. And we have an article… The Constitution states that the country does not extradite its citizens,” Denisova said.
Earlier Denisova stated that 113 Ukrainians, including 89 Crimean Tatars, kept in Russia. They may be exchanged in 2019.
24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd.