Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine Natalia Sevostyanova in an interview with Channel 5 on July 1st reported that negotiations on the transfer to Kyiv citizens of Ukraine convicted in Crimea are in the final stage.
"For our part we have provided documentary evidence that we are ready to take and place everybody (the prisoners). We guarantee that we will find them a place in our places of execution of punishments. After that, we will analyze the situation of each of them. Now the negotiations are on the final stage, we do not go into details in order not to make harm", — Natalia Sevostyanova said.
Deputy Minister also mentioned Crimean prisoners, deported to prisons on the territory of Russian Federation.
"We follow the fate of those who were transferred, who continue to sue... All those who have been convicted by the Ukrainian legislation, will serve their sentence under our control, and not under control of the occupation illegitimate government that can not meet the basic human rights", — Sevostyanova added.
Sevostyanova also mentioned the role of Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights in the negotiation process.
"We work very closely with our Ombudsman, Ms Lutkovska, we are thankful for her proactive position. She negotiates with the Russian side about the mechanism of return of prisoners, we, on our part, have provided documentary evidence that we are ready to take all them", — Sevostyanova said.
Let us recall, there were more than a thousand prisoners serving sentences for crimes of varying severity at the time of the occupation of Crimea. After the annexation their cases were under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). Some of the prisoners were taken to remote regions of Russia: Siberia, Mordovia and Adygea.