Preparing for exchange. Lawyer named those to be extradited to Russia to free prisoners of the Kremlin

Two Ukrainian military, who defected to the Russian army after the illegal annexation of Crimea, and a person involved in the events of May 2, 2014 in Odessa are being prepared for exchange into Ukrainian political prisoners.

Their lawyer, Valentin Rybin, reported theBabel about the preparation.

We are talking about the former Ukrainian military convicted for treason, Maksim Odintsov and Oleksandr Baranov, as well as Yevgeny Mefedov, who is charged in the Odessa “May 2” case..

Rybin further noted that they not only his clients being prepared, but also other citizens of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, however, he refused to name them.

According to the lawyer, the exchange is expected to take place soon.

Maksim Odintsov and junior contract service sergeant Oleksandr Baranov are two Ukrainian soldiers who, who after the annexation of Crimea by Russia, went to serve in the Russian army.

They were detained in November 2016 on the administrative border with the occupied peninsula. In February 2018, the district courts of Kyiv sentenced Odintsov to 14 years in prison, and Baranov to 13 years.

Both were found guilty of high treason and desertion.

A citizen of Russia, Yevgeny Mefedov, is one of the main defendants in the case of the events of May 2, 2014 in Odessa, when 48 people died during the riots involving pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activists.

According to the investigation, the riots that took place against the backdrop of the Russian occupation of the Ukrainian territories were specially organized and planned by Russia to destabilize the political situation in the region.

On August 21, it became known that five Ukrainian prisoners of the Kremlin (Volodymyr Balukh, Stanislav Klykh, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Pavlo Hryb and Mykola Karpyuk), transferred from various Russian colonies to the Moscow Lefortovo detention center, could be extradited to Ukraine.

Director of the Russian Center for Political Conjuncture Aleksei Chesnakov, who is a member of entourage of the Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov, admitted that the exchange could take place in the coming weeks.

(c) QHA


  1. So Ukraine have to swap traitors and murderers for Ukrainian citizens tossed in prison on trumped up charges? At least the Ukrainians will be coming back to civilisation, unlike the scum who joined Russia.

    • I’m just waiting to hear what these guys say when they return. No doubt they have all been tortured in some way.

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