: Kyiv demands return of Ukrainian 'spy' Vyhovsky imprisoned by Moscow

10:34 Apr. 27, 2016

Kyiv demands return of Ukrainian 'spy' Vyhovsky imprisoned by Moscow

The Hotel Rossiya crouches on the Moscow River just dozens of meters from the Kremlin, left, dominating the skyline of downtown Moscow, Aug. 10, 2004 (AP Photo)

Vyhovsky was previouslysentenced to 11 years in a strict security penitentiary facility

Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister Serhiy Petukhov says his ministry has sent a request to the Russian Justice Ministry for the extradition of Ukrainian citizen Valentyn Vyhovsky who was sentenced by Russia to 11 years in prison for allegedly being a spy.

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"We have sent a request to the Russian Justice Ministry on the extradition of Valentyn Vyhovsky, who has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for 'spying," Petukhov wrote on Facebook on April 26.

The Moscow Regional Court found Vyhovsky guilty of spying and sentenced him to 11 years in a strict security penitentiary facility in December 2015. The court also ruled to nationalize the 3,900 euros confiscated from Vyhovsky.

Russia's Federal Security Service accused Vyhovsky of using the Internet to engage aerospace specialists working in Russia's defense industry in gathering classified technical documents for him.

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The Russian side said the defendant had pled guilty and concluded a plea agreement with the investigation.

The hearing proceeded behind closed doors, as the case was classified.

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The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the verdict as "politicized."

Lawyer Ilya Novikov said that the Vyhovsky case was "falsified by 80-90%."

Reporting by UNIAN

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