Ukrainian MP arrested in absentia for Russian diplomatic mission attack

Four Ukrainian nationals, including member of the parliament – Verkhovna Rada -Vladimir Parasyuk, have been arrested in absentia in Russia for attacking Russian diplomatic missions in 2014-2016 and put on the international wanted list, Russian Investigative Committee Spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko.

“The investigation has established that Ukrainian citizens Vladimir Romantsev, Alexey Bakay and Vladimir Nazarenko were actively involved in the willful damage of the property of the Russian diplomatic mission, while the latter also took part in desecrating Russia’s national flag,” she said.

Petrenko added that member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada Vladimir Parasyuk was involved in the attack on the Russian Consulate General in Lvov in March 2016 and the abuse of Russia’s national flag.

“The above-mentioned individuals have been put on the international wanted list and, at the request of investigators, the court has imposed in absentia a pretrial restraint in the form of custody on them,” Petrenko added.

Commenting on Moscow’s actions  member of Rada Parasyuk said he is not the first, neither the last to be arrested in absentia in Russia. “No need to pay attention to it, – Parasyuk said. – One should continue his life. I have no plans to go to Russia”. He also added that he is waiting to see what further steps would be taken, and to which instances the arrest warrant will be submitted.



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