The justice Ministry explained the refusal of Ukraine to transfer Sentsov and Kolchenko

MOSCOW, 21 Feb — RIA Novosti. The Ministry of justice confirmed the refusal in the transfer to Ukraine of convicts in Russia Oleg Sentsov, Alexey Kolchenko due to the fact that they have Russian citizenship, as the inhabitants of the Crimea, reports the Russian Agency in response to the request to RIA Novosti.

“On the basis of analysis of materials requested in connection with the consideration of the appeals of the convicts (on transfer to Ukraine), including findings … the Russian interior Ministry, established that Kolchenko and Sentsov have acquired Russian citizenship in accordance with the Federal constitutional law on acceptance in the Russian Federation the Republic of Crimea and the formation within the Russian Federation new subjects — Republic of Crimea and the Federal city of Sevastopol. Of citizenship of the Russian Federation, convicts did not go”, — informs the Ministry of justice.

The Ministry said that according to the Federal law on citizenship of the Russian Federation Russian citizen is considered by Russia as only a Russian citizen (with the exception of cases stipulated by international Treaty of the Russian Federation or Federal law).

“Between Russia and Ukraine there is no international Treaty regulating the issues of dual citizenship. In this regard, the transfer to Ukraine of data of convicted persons in accordance with the Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons from 21.03.1983 impossible”, — stated in the response Department.

As the message of the Ministry of justice on the above, the Ministry of justice of Ukraine reported on 7 October.