With assistance of High Commissioner 12 convicted Ukrainian citizens transferred to country of citizenship

17 March 2017

On 17 March, with the assistance of High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova, 12 convicted Ukrainian citizens who served their sentences in correctional institutions of the Republic of Crimea and other regions of Russia were transferred to Ukraine at the checkpoint "Nekhoteyevka-Goptovka" in Belgorod Region.

"The transfer was held at the highest level, well-organized and accurate. I want to especially emphasize that this became possible owing to the well-coordinated work of all parts of the State bodies of the Russian Federation: the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, the Federal Security Service of Russia, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia. Great help was rendered by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak," Tatiana Moskalkova said.

"In private conversations with me, the Ukrainian prisoners expressed gratitude to all those who were involved in their transfer, especially to the staff of Detention Center No.3 (SIZO-3) in Belgorod Region. We may say that today we managed to create a humanitarian corridor between Russia and Ukraine," the High Commissioner stressed.

In May 2016, the Ukrainian prisoners addressed Tatiana Moskalkova with a request to move them to the territory of Ukraine so they could continue serving their sentence in the country of their citizenship. At the time of the entry of the Republic of Crimea into Russia these citizens were convicted and served their sentence under Ukrainian law.

In June 2016, in Minsk (Belarus), High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova and Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeriya Lutkovska agreed about transfer of this category of persons. At that time, it seemed unrealistic. But the faith in the priority of human rights, humanity and justice made the seemingly impossible things possible.

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