Russian ombudswoman reacts to idea of Sentsov-Vyshinsky swap

15:25, 19 July 2019
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"These are political issues," she said, RIA Novosti reports.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared readiness to exchange Ukrainian film director and political prisoner Oleh Sentsov sentenced in Russia on trumped-up terror charges for chief of Russian RIA Novosti's Kyiv office Kirill Vyshinsky tried in Ukraine for subversion and high treason related to information warfare.

On April 4, 2019, Kyiv's Podilsky district court started hearings on his case.

Read alsoZelensky declares readiness to swap Sentsov for Vyshinsky

On May 7, the court extended Vyshinksy's remand period until July 22.

The latest hearing was rescheduled to be held from July 15 to July 19. Vyshinsky's lawyers are planning to file a motion on releasing the defendant from custody after the Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled that custody remand shall not be a non-alternative measure of restraint applied to persons suspected of crimes against national security, as grave as state treason and terrorism.

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