: Russian soldiers exchanged for Savchenko "can have any job in Russia"

18:24 May. 28, 2016

Russian soldiers exchanged for Savchenko "can have any job in Russia"

Yevgeny Yerofeyev, left, and Alexander Alexandrov, sit in a cage during court hearings in Kiev, Ukraine, April 8, 2016 (AP photo)

Yerofeyev and Alexandrov are unlikely to return to the Russia's Armed Forces

Russian citizens Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov can be employed for any job in Russia despite their conviction in Ukraine, but they are unlikely to return to the army, according to an Interfax source.

"This is a conviction not under the verdict of a Russian court, therefore, a box regarding the previous criminal record will be blank in the questionnaire, and they will be able to be employed for any job without any obstacles," a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax.

Asked about the probability for the Russians pardoned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to return to the army again, the source said: "In theory, they can, but practically, this will not happen most likely due to certain circumstances."

The Russian servicemen, who had been captured in Donbas in spring 2015 and later convicted by the Ukrainian court on the charge of terrorist activity, were freed on May 25 simultaneously with the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko.

On Thursday, Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that he had not had the information as to whether Alexandrov and Yerofeyev would be awarded with state medals and would be able to join the service in the Armed Forces again.

Reporting by Interfax



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