Russia will turn the Crimean political prisoners back to Ukraine if it agrees with the sentence

Alexander Kolchenko and Oleg Sentsov Alexander Kolchenko and Oleg Sentsov

The decision to transfer the convicted in Russia Crimeans Oleg Sentsov, Gennady Afanasyev, Olexandr Kolchenko, as well as Yuri Soloshenko will be taken after a Ukrainian Court will confirm their sentences. The press-service of the Ministry of Justice of Russia has reported this information.

“When we receive from the State of enforcement (Ukraine) consents and other required documents, including judgments on the recognition and enforcement of sentences of the Russian courts, the Justice Ministry of Russia will forward them to the Federal Penal Correction Service to appeal the courts of the place where the convicts are serving punishment,” said the press service.

The Ministry stated that the consent of the State requesting to transfer a person sentenced in another country was regulated by the Council of Europe Convention 1983 on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.

In accordance with this Convention, the Federal Penal Correction Service will send Sentsov, Afanasyev, Kolchenko and Soloshenko’s documents to the Ministry of Justice to forward them to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. Then the Ukrainian Court must replace the sentences of the Russian courts whit the corresponding punishments according to the Ukrainian legislation for committing the same crime.

All these documents are sent through the Ministry of Justice and the Federal Penal Correction Service to the courts of the place where the convicts are serving punishment for a definitive solution to the question of their extradition to Ukraine.

A source involved in the situation, says that all of these procedures may take approximately six months in a total, and the extradition of convicted persons may be held in the autumn of this year.

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