The Russian Federation refuses to transfer the Crimean prisoners with Ukrainian citizenship to the Ukrainian authorities, arguing that the prisoners transferred from Crimea to Russia are recognized as Russian citizens.

Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova in her official reply to the request of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeriya Lutkovska asserts that the transfer of the Crimean Andrei Lugin to serve his sentence in Ukraine is impossible because he has Russian citizenship. According to Lugin’s wife Iryna, he did not receive a Russian passport and has only Ukrainian citizenship.

Reportedly, Lugin was operated after his another attempt to commit suicide by cutting his throat as a protest against the transfer to the colony of the Russian Federation. Earlier, the prisoner cut open his veins.

Reference: The Ukrainian citizen Andrei Lugin, convicted in Crimea, cut his veins on April 26 in protest against his re-transfer to the territory of the Republic of Mordovia (RF) and the lack of proper medical care.

Lugin was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was accused of murder and involvement in the criminal group of the 90s by Andrei Laptev.

In 2016, he was transferred from the Crimea to the territory of the subject of the Russian Federation - Mordovia by order of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation. In March 2017, Lugin was brought from Mordovia to Simferopol for investigative actions and he was promised to be left in the Crimea. However, after that, he was sent back to Mordovia.