: Russia ombudswoman confirms Sentsov and Kolchenko are Ukrainian citizens
Politics12:48 Apr. 12, 2016

Russia ombudswoman confirms Sentsov and Kolchenko are Ukrainian citizens

Russia indicated earlier it is ready to extradite four imprisoned Ukrainians

Russia's High Commissioner for Human Rights Ella Pamfilova has confirmed the Ukrainian citizenship of Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko, former residents of Crimea who were accused of planning terrorist attacks and sentenced to 20 and 10 years behind bars by a Russian court.

According to a statement published on the commissioner's website, Sentsov and Kolchenko insisted on being treated only as Ukrainian citizens. However, the court considered them Russian citizens, because they did not officially appeal to refute Russian citizenship after the forcible annexation of Crimea.

The statement also reads that the ombudswoman insisted on Sentsov and Kolchenko's staying Ukrainian citizens "whether or not they have Russian citizenship, which they hypothetically acquired" after Crimea occupation.

"The Ukrainian citizenship of Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko is officially confirmed and cannot be called in question by anyone," the statement reads.

Read also Sentsov and Kolchenko sentence challenged in Russia's Supreme Court

On April 8, Russia started preparing documents for the transfer of four imprisoned Ukrainians, including Sentsov, Kolchenko, Hennadiy Afanasyev and Yuriy Solochenko. This follows a March 10 request by Ukrainian Justice Ministry to extradite Ukrainians held in Russian jails.


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