The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation refused to hand over Ukraine Oleg Sentsov convicted in the so-called case of "Crimean terrorists", the Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine on European Integration Sergii Petukhov wrote in Facebook.
The response of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation states that is impossible to transfer Sentsov, because he has dual citizenship, Russian and Ukrainian. According to Russian law, a citizen having additional citizenships is considered "only as a citizen of the Russian Federation, except for cases stipulated by international treaty or federal law". The Russian ministry said that there is no such a treaty between Russia and Ukraine, and therefore the transfer of Sentsov to Kyiv refused.
Oleg Sentsov got Russian citizenship forcibly after the annexation of the Crimea, and he was condemned as a citizen of Russia. In April 2016 Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova officially confirmed the Ukrainian citizenship of political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko.
Let us remind, in August 2015 the court in Russia sentenced Oleg Sentsov to 20 years in prison on charges of planning terrorist attacks in Russia-annexed Crimea. Another person involved in the case, Oleksandr Kolchenko, got 10 years of the prison colony. Convicts themselves consider the accusation unfounded and politically motivated.