The Russian Federation has transferred 12 convicts from places of serving sentences in the annexed Crimea to Ukraine, according to the representative of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Mikhail Chaplyga, as cited by BBC Ukraine.
At the moment the convicts are in neutral territory.
Earlier, Vice Minister of Justice of Ukraine Sergei Petukhov noted on his Facebook page that it was not a matter of political prisoners, but of citizens convicted by Ukrainian courts.
“These are people who were convicted by Ukrainian courts, but they are all citizens of Ukraine and have the right to return to the territory of Ukraine.”
Earlier QHA reported that the transfer of prisoners, which, according to the agreements of the Ombudsmen of Ukraine and Russia, was scheduled on March 3, did not take place for technical reasons.