Russia extends term of political asylum for Yanukovych

01:10, 19 October 2017
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The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation has extended the right to temporary asylum for former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych until October 26, 2018, according to Yanukovych's lawyer Vitaliy Serdyuk.


"The reasons for the asylum are political persecution and the threat to [Yanukovych's] life on the territory of Ukraine. They did not disappear. Thus, the validity period of the document was extended," the lawyer told the Russian daily Kommersant.

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"Only a temporary asylum before returning to the territory of Ukraine," Serdyuk emphasized.

As earlier reported, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine summoned ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, who is accused of high treason, for interrogation on October 17.

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