Russia refuses to deliver ex-chief of Yanukovych riot police to Ukraine

Russia has refused to extradite Colonel Sergei Kusyuk, a former head of Kyiv riot police Berkut.

Moscow states that as Kusyuk is a citizen of Russia, they will not deliver him to Ukraine, Sergiy Gorbatyuk, a representative of Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office, says.

Kusyuk was spotted in Moscow during the dispersal of an anti-corruption rally in June 12, 2017. He was wearing a uniform with the insignia of the Russian Interior Ministry’s special-purpose unit and giving instructions over the radio.

After Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych had been ousted, Sergei Kusyuk fled to Crimea. Ukraine put the fugitive colonel on the wanted list on suspicion of involvement in massacres of activists during the Revolution of Dignity in 2014.

Berkut riot policemen shot dead many Euromaidan activists, including Belarusian citizen Mikhail Zhyzneuski. Special forces soldiers also beat Belsat TV journalists who were filming protests in Cherkasy. Many of them are now hiding in the occupied Crimea and Donbas.

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