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Man accused of assassination attempt on Putin, Kadyrov to be extradited to Russia

August 16, 2012, 14:23 UTC+3
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A court in Odessa has made a decision to extradite from Ukraine to Russia citizen of Kazakhstan Ilya Pyanzin who is charged in Russia with complicity in the preparation of attempts on RF President Vladimir Putin and the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. Pyanzin’s defence lawyers have already filed a complaint with the Odessa Court of Appeal against the decision of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office and the Malinovsky District Court of Odessa that allowed extradition of the defendant to Russia.

Kommersant recalls that the regional court earlier turned down a similar complaint of another defendant in this case - Chechen Adam Osmayev. The latter has only the last hope that the European Court of Human Rights could somehow prevent the extradition. The press service of the Odessa Region Prosecutor’s Office told the newspaper that Pyanzin’s defence lawyers appealed the decision of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office to extradite the defendant that was made at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia. As was the case with the other defendant in this case - Osmayev, Pyanzin’s lawyers first appealed the decision of the Ukrainian supervisory authority with the Malinovsky District Court of Odessa, but the court supported the position of the prosecutor. The defence lawyers challenged this decision in an appellate procedure. However, the Odessa Prosecutor’s Office does not know when a meeting on this issue will be held. “The Court of Appeal has not yet announced a date for this meeting,” spokesperson of the Odessa Region Prosecutor’s Office Yelena Abramova said.

According to law enforcement agencies of Ukraine and Russia, Adam Osmayev created and headed a cell of the Caucasus Emirate organisation in Odessa, the newspaper stresses. Its other members were Kazakhstan’s citizen Ilya Pyanzin and Chechen national Ruslan Madayev. The latter was killed on January 4 this year in an explosion of a bomb he was preparing for a terrorist attack. After the arrest of Adam Osmayev Ukraine’s security services found out that he was wanted for the preparation of a terrorist attack against the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, which was prevented by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in Moscow in 2007. Later in Ukraine, according to investigators, Osmayev with his accomplices on the instruction of the Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov in 2011 once again were going to blow up Kadyrov, who came there to attend a boxing tournament with the participation of a representative of Chechnya. Finally, according to an investigation version, in 2012 the militants were preparing an attempt on RF President Putin. They intended to use for this attack explosives that remained from the preparation of the first assassination attempt on Kadyrov.

Ukrainian investigators found that Osmayev with two of his accomplices secretly came to Odessa in order to learn how to make improvised explosive devices, Novye Izvestia recalls. They attracted the attention of law enforcement officers in January 2012 when an explosion occurred and a fire broke out in the apartment they rented. One of the terrorists, Ruslan Madayev, was killed in the blast and Ilya Pyanzin, whose case was heard on Wednesday, got burns and was put in intensive care. Osmayev was also injured, but he managed to escape and was hiding until February 4.

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