Convicted in the case of "Crimean terrorists" and served punishment in colony number 31 in the town of Mikun of Komi Gennady Afanasyev was moved to Ukraine. President Pyotr Poroshenko posted this information on Facebook.
According to him, convicted of espionage, former director of the Ukrainian defense plant "Znamya" Yuri Soloshenko is also on board of the aircraft. Afanasyev's lawyer Alexander Popkov has refrained from commenting on his possible transfer to the Ukrainian side, and suggested to wait for the landing of the aircraft, which, according to him, is expected to be around 16 hours.
May 2, Afanasyev was transferred from the Komi and Soloshenko – from Nizhny Novgorod to the detention center "Lefortovo" in Moscow.
In March 2016 the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine sent a request to transfer the four Ukrainians convicted in Russia: Oleg Sentsov, Gennady Afanasyev, Alexander Kol'chenko and Yuri Soloshenko.
In December 2014, Gennady Afanasyev was condemned for the so-called case of "Crimean terrorists", the other defendants in the case are 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 Afanasyev fully admitted his guilt. Later, he tried to challenge the verdict, but the Supreme Court refused to consider the complaint. FSIN of Russia sent him to serve his sentence in the Komi Republic; at the beginning of 2016 he was ceased to meet Ukrainian consul: according to the Federal Penitentiary Service of Komi, the sentenced person is a citizen of Russia, so the Ukrainian consular officer can not visit him. Afanasyev said that he remains a citizen of Ukraine.