: Estonian citizen extradited to Ukraine over support for separatists

16:17 Jun. 30, 2016

Estonian citizen extradited to Ukraine over support for separatists

Russian-backed separatist forces in occupied Luhansk region (GettyImages Photo)

Vladimir Poljakov suspected of taking part in military action in occupied Donbas

Estonia has extradited its citizen to Ukraine. Vladimir Poljakov is suspected of supporting the Russian-backed separatist forces in the occupied parts of the Luhansk region, Estonian Public Broadcaster ERR reports.

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Kyiv claims the 34-year-old took part in military action against Ukrainian forces. According to Estonian Prosecution, Poljakov arrived in Luhansk in June 2014 and joined the so-called LPR group. 

Allegedly, the Estonian citizen fulfilled separatist leaders' orders, which were included but not limited to the guarding of both facilities and unlawfully detained individuals.

On August 3, 2015 Ukraine reached out to Estonia and asked to extradite the man. Tallinn approved Kyiv's request later in December. 

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As Estonian officials said, Polyakov had already arrived in Ukraine. At the same time, information about his whereabouts remains classified.

If found guilty of participation in the separatist group, Poljakov could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

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