: Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko are acknowledged as citizens of Ukraine
Politics18:57 Mar. 24, 2016
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Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko are acknowledged as citizens of Ukraine

This entitles Kyiv to insist on their extradition from Russia to Ukraine

Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko are officially acknowledged as Ukrainian citizens. That is according to Ella Pamfilova, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia. She said Sentsov and Kolchenko must be judged as Ukrainians, since this entitles Kyiv to demand their extradition from Russia. Russia are due to respond to the request next month April.

Read also Ukraine's Justice Ministry asks Russia to extradite Ukrainians held in Russian jails

Sentsov and Kolchenko, former residents of Crimea, were accused of planning attacks on Russia-occupied peninsula. They were sentenced to 20 and 10 years behind bars respectively.

Sentsov is currently being kept in Yakutsk, northern Russia. Whereas Kolchenko has been convoyed to the Kopeysk colony, close to Chelyabinsk.

If Russia denies the extradition request, lawyers can insist on Sentsov and Kol'chenko being transferred closer to the Ukrainian border, since the family members cannot be expected to travel thousands of kilometres to visit them.

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Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko were accused of preparing the attacks on the Russian-occupied Crimea and sentenced to 20 and 10 years in jail (video screenshot)

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