17:05 Jun. 1, 2016
Ukrainian prisoners allegedly await to be extradited to Ukraine
The case of Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko will not be reconsidered. This is according to Russia's news agency TASS. On Wednesday, June 1st, Russia's Supreme Court refused to satisfy the cassation appeal for reviewing the sentence of Ukrainians convicted in Russia for allegedly preparing terrorist acts in Russia-occupied Crimea.
Earlier in April Russia's Justice Ministry declared both Sentsov and Kolchenko are to be back to Ukraine no sooner than autumn 2016. In the beginning of May Kolchenko's lawyer Svetlana Sidorkina reported both Ukrainian detainees signed the documents for extradition, adding the other two, Hennadiy Afanasyev and Yuriy Soloshenko, had supposedly followed the same procedure.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov along with the activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were sentenced by a Russian court to 20 and 10 years in prison, respectively. They were accused of creating an extremist organization and plotting terrorist acts in Russia-occupied Crimea. Both men deny the accusations. The Memorial human rights center designated them as prisoners of conscience.
Hennadiy Afanasyev, being involved in the Sentsov-Kolchenko case, was sentenced to seven years in Russia. He is now serving his sentence in a correctional facility in the Russian town of Syktyvkar.
Yuriy Soloshenko, the former director of Ukraine's Poltava-based defense plant 'Znamya', was accused of spying in favor of Ukraine and was sentenced by a Russian court in October 2015 to six years in a penal colony.