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Ukrainian consul is kept out of "Crimean terrorist" Afanasyev because of changing his citizenship

Ukrainian consul is kept out of "Crimean terrorist" Gennady Afanasyev serving his sentence in the colony number 31 in the city of Mikun, management of the Komi Federal Service for execution of punishment confirmed this information to "7x7". According to the Komi Federal Penitentiary Service, the sentenced person is a citizen of Russia, so the Ukrainian consular officer can not visit him.

FPS in the Komi Republic in its reply to the online journal notes that, according to the Vienna Convention and the Consular Convention between Russia and Ukraine, "consular officers shall have the right to visit a citizen of the sending State who is in prison, custody or detention to talk to him...".

"In view of the above, visit of the Ukraine consul to convict Afanasyev is not possible, as the convict, according to the Russian Federal Migration Service data, is a citizen of the Russian Federation", stated in the response of the service.

Earlier lawyer Alexander Popkov informed on his Facebook page that Ukrainian diplomat was kept out of a convicted person. He posted pictures of the FPS documents that indicated that Afanasyev had a Ukrainian passport.

In December 2014, Gennady Afanasyev was convicted for the so-called case of "Crimean terrorists"; the other defendants were the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov and anti-fascist Alexander Kol'chenko. Afanasyev was sentenced to seven years on charges of committing and preparing to commit acts of terrorism in Simferopol. The case was considered in a special manner, as Afanasiev fully admitted his guilt. Later, he tried to challenge the verdict, but the Supreme Court refused to consider the complaint.

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