Razumkov: Security Service should engage in extradition of Firtash to Ukraine
Verkhovna Rada Speaker Dmytro Razumkov believes that the Security Service of Ukraine should engage in the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to bring him to justice under Ukrainian law.
“If a person finances the Russian army, provides it with, as has been said, titanium alloys for armaments, then we must already appeal to our foreign partners with a request to extradite him [Firtash] and continue the process within the framework of the legislation in effect. It will be absolutely correct. I think that the Security Service will have to engage in this process after the imposition of sanctions. We are waiting for their response,” Razumkov said during the press conference entitled “Parliamentarism. Constitution. Independence,” an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
Razumkov also noted that he did not support sanctions against citizens of Ukraine because he believes that, according to the law on sanctions, they can be imposed on foreign businesses or foreign citizens who cannot be held accountable under Ukrainian law.
As reported, on June 18, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine approved a decision to impose the maximum set of sanctions on businessmen Pavel Fuks and Dmytro Firtash. According to NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov, sanctions against Firtash were imposed because of his participation in the titanium business, the supply of raw materials, which then are delivered to Russia’s military enterprises. The National Security and Defense Council also imposed sanctions on companies that are directly affiliated with Russia’s military-industrial complex and that use this titanium in the military sphere.
Since 2014, Firtash has been living in Austria where he is on trial over his extradition to the United States, where he has been accused of money laundering and corruption schemes abroad.