Yanukovych intends to return to Ukraine - lawyer
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych plans to return to Ukraine from Russia, as stated his lawyer Vitaly Serdyuk during a break in the hearing at the Kyiv Obolonsky Court, Newsone reports.
"Certainly, he intends to return to Ukraine. Staying in the territory of the Russian Federation is a temporary forced measure," Serdyuk said, according to Newsone.
According to him, Yanukovych has a temporary asylum permit in Russia, "due to the fact that political persecution is ongoing against him in Ukraine."
Serdyuk also said that Yanukovych is not being interrogated allegedly because of the unwillingness of the Ukrainian side.
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On June 29, 2017, the Obolonsky district court of Kyiv granted the prosecution's request for the trial in absentia in the Yanukovych case.