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Ukrainian sailors may participate in Russia’s court session in absentia, - Ombudsman

Ukraine’s Denisova has reminded that the Constitution states that the country does not extradite its citizens
14:01, 10 September 2019

Lyudmyla Denisova
24tv.ua

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.

Related: Four released political prisoners to be provided with housing in Kyiv, - Ukraine's Ombudsman

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

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. 

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