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Ukraine not to extradite to Russia the person suspected of masterminding Putin's assassination plot

August 23, 2012, 12:06 UTC+3
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Russian citizen Adam Osmayev, who is kept in a Ukrainian prison on suspicion of masterminding a plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin, asked Georgia to grant him political asylum. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka said his department would wait the decision by the European court of human rights before making the decision to extradite Osmayev to Russia.

Osmayev is seeking political asylum in Georgia, said his common-law wife Amina Okuyeva, the Novy Izvestia writes.

Okuyeva said the documents requesting political asylum are already under review by Georgian officials. "If Georgia refuses political asylum to Osmayev, he will forward a similar request to Finland," she added.

Ukraine's migration service refused to consider Osmayev's request for political asylum, despite "more weighty reasons designated in them," according to Okuyeva. Earlier, Osmayev's lawyers forwarded a complaint about the migration service's refusal to consider Osmayev's request to the European court.

A conflict is brewing within the Russia-Ukraine-EU triangle," the Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes, because of the situation with Chechen Adam Osmayev, detained in Odessa in February on suspicion of preparing an assassination of Vladimir Putin. Russia is seeking his extradition. The EU demands that the matter should be delayed until all the circumstances have been clarified.

The sensational news about the prevention of the assassination of Putin in Ukraine was published a week before the presidential election in Russia, the newspaper reminded. The Ukrainian Security Service /SBU/ confirmed that it had zeroed in on a group of terrorists accidentally: on January 4, an explosion ripped through an Odessa apartment. Signs of explosives were found at the scene. The SBU immediately advised Russia's Federation Security Service, but warned that the terrorists would go on trial in Ukraine, where they engaged in criminal deeds. The investigation was completed in late July. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office promptly requested the Ukrainian colleagues to extradite Osmayev.

The lawyers had time to contact the European court of human rights. Last Friday, the European court recommended Ukraine not to extradite the suspect until all the circumstances had been clarified. Ukrainian citizen Amina Okuyeva requested President Yanukovich to show political will in order to abide by the European recommendation. Yanukovich did not publicly react to her letter, but the extradition was suspended.

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