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Ukraine ready to send investigator to Russia to question Yanukovych

The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) is preparing a motion to question fugitive ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in Russia as a suspect, according to the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia online news portal, dt.ua.

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Ukraine has repeatedly sent requests to Russia for Yanukovych's extradition / Photo from UNIAN

A respective request for international legal assistance is to be sent to Russia's investigation agencies next week, head of the PGO's special investigation department Serhiy Horbatiuk said, dt.ua reported.

"We're preparing a request for questioning Yanukovych as a suspect. We're asking for allowing our investigator to participate in the interrogation in person. We're also informing that we're ready for a video conference via skype," he said.

Point of no return for YanukovychAccording to Horbatiuk, the investigators plan to interview Yanukovych in such criminal cases as the creation of a criminal gang and dispersal of protest rallies during the Euromaidan events in Kyiv, aggravated by serious crimes.

Yanukovych summoned for questioning as suspect in treason caseHe also said that Ukraine had repeatedly sent requests to Russia for Yanukovych's extradition. But the Russian investigators' response was that they considered Yanukovych's case in Ukraine as "politically motivated."

"Thus, if he has not been extradited, the interrogation in Russia could be useful," Horbatiuk said.

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