Internal Ministry: Yanukovych not extradited, if he is already Russian citizen

Ukraine has virtually no chance of successful extraditing of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych from Russia, if he did get Russian citizenship.

Chief of Staff of the Ukraine's Internal Ministry Mykhailo Verbensky said this in commentary to an Ukrinform correspondent.

"If the information of that he [Yanukovych] is already a citizen of the Russian Federation is confirmed, there is no chance that they [Russia] will ever extradite him," Verbensky said.

He explained that the national legislation of the Russian Federation, as well as that of Ukraine and number of other states, provides for refusal to extradite a person, who committed an offence outside the country.

"In this case, Yanukovych and other internationally wanted former members of the Ukrainian government may fall under the protection of the state on the condition, of course, that they are its nationals," Verbensky said.

Earlier today, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported of preparation of the documents for the extradition of Yanukovych and other Ukrainian senior ex-officials from Russia.

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