Prisoner swap: Ukraine extradited accused of attempt on Okueva and Osmaev

Artur Denisultanov spent two and a half years in a Ukrainian pre-trial detention center waiting a court verdict, and three days before the exchange, charges were against him were dropped21:20, 29 December 2019200

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Ukraine extradited to militants Artur Denisultanov who was accused of an attempted assassination of Chechen volunteers who took part in hostilities in Donbas on the side of forces of Anti-Terrorist Operation Adam Osmaev and his wife Amina Okueva. Ukrainian journalist Kateryna Sergatskova reported this on her Facebook page.

“Artur Denisultanov, aka Krinari, aka Dingo and the owner of many more names, – Chechen who was accused of attempting to assassinate Amina Okueva and Adam Osmaev in the summer of 2017, today set off among others in exchange with DPR, and from there he’ll travel to his homeland Russia. He spent two and a half years in the Ukrainian pre-trial detention center waiting for a court verdict, and three days before the exchange the charges against him were dropped,” Sergatskova wrote.

October 30 marks the anniversary of the tragic death of Amina Okueva, the well-known military volunteer. In the early stage of the Russian aggression in spring 2014, she joined the Ukrainian army as a combat medic and a sniper. Okueva was brutally murdered in an attack in Hlevakha, Kyiv region, on October 30, 2017. She was sitting in the car next to her husband and comrade-in-arms Adam Osmaev, when the car was ambushed. The shooters opened fire from assault rifles and disappeared immediately; Osmaev survived, suffering light injuries, and Okueva died instantly due to a headshot wound.Related: Photo exhibition dedicated to Amina Okueva opened in Kyiv

The investigation into Okueva’s case was underway; the law enforcers suspect a Russian trial, as both Okueva and Osmaev are credited as the Kremlin’s fierce adversary. Osmaev is known for being a suspect in preparing the assassination of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Both of Chechens served with the International Peacekeeping Battalion named after Dzhokhar Dudaev (the paramilitary formation led by Adam Osmaev, which recruits fighters to stand against the Kremlin’s aggression; since 2014, the formation has served in Donbas conflict on the side of the Ukrainian military, – 112 International). 

(C)112UA 2019

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