Refusal of Ukraine from the offer of “LPR” will play into the hands of Russia
Russia is looking for options on how to save Medvedchuk from charges of treason. Photo: collage “Today”
In the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” want to attract to the solution of the conflict in Donbass the head of the political council of the Ukrainian party “Opposition Platform – For Life” Viktor Medvedchuk as an experienced negotiator. The site “Segodnya” found out why the “LPR” really needed a Ukrainian politician and what Russia is striving for.
What was announced in the “LPR”
Head of the working group on the exchange of prisoners of war “LPR” Olga Kobtseva made a proposal to replace the representative of Kiev in the humanitarian subgroup Galina Tretyakova with Viktor Medvedchuk. In her opinion, Tretyakova’s position is destructive.
“Taking into account Mrs. Tretyakova’s negotiating position and taking into account the analysis of her work in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, we were inclined to appeal to Ukraine with a proposal to replace the negotiator Mrs. Tretyakova with Mr. Medvedchuk. Medvedchuk has established himself as an obligatory negotiator: the topics that were discussed at the meetings of the Contact Group, then received practical steps “– said the representative of the “LPR”.
Olga Kobtseva: “Medvedchuk has established himself as an obligatory negotiator.” Photo: lug-info.com
Kobtseva also recalled that in June 2019, representatives of the “DPR” and “LPR”, as a gesture of goodwill, handed Medvedchuk four Ukrainian citizens who were held in the “Republics” in connection with the conflict in Donbass.
Immunity from criminal prosecution
Political scientist Sergei Bykov I am sure that in this way, through the proposal of the “LPR”, Russia wants to create Medvedchuk, which is now under house arrest due to suspicion of high treason, immunity from criminal prosecution in Ukraine.
“Russia is looking for options on how to save Medvedchuk from charges of treason and litigation. Considering that representatives of L / DPR are part of the Russian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on resolving the conflict in Donbass, it becomes clear that LNR in this case acts as a mouthpiece for the Kremlin, “the expert says to Segodnya.
Sergei Bykov: “Russia wants to create immunity for Medvedchuk from criminal prosecution in Ukraine” / Photo: Facebook
Agrees with him political scientist Igor Petrenko.
“Russia wants to raise Medvedchuk’s status, focusing on the fact that he is not a criminal, but an effective negotiator. The Kremlin, like the L / DPR, constantly pays attention to how many people Medvedchuk was able to free from captivity. in fact, they met Medvedchuk halfway, since he acted in the interests of Russia, “Petrenko tells us.
Temporary loyalty in exchange for Medvedchuk’s freedom
At the same time, the political scientist notes that if Medvedchuk joins the humanitarian subgroup from Ukraine, it is quite possible that Russia’s position will become more constructive.
“Thus, Russia offers an exchange. You – Medvedchuk to us, and we will make concessions on a number of issues. For example, on the exchange of prisoners or the withdrawal of troops. Probably, Russia’s contact with Medvedchuk will be better than with Tretyakova, but this will only give a short-term positive result. After minor concessions, Russia will again return to a tough position. In the meantime, Medvedchuk will already be at large, “says Petrenko.
Igor Petrenko: “Russia offers an exchange. You give us Medvedchuk, and we will make concessions on a number of issues.” / Photo: Facebook
Political scientist Bykov considers the proposal of “LPR” to join Viktor Medvedchuk in the negotiation process – unacceptable for Ukraine.
LPR proposes to involve Medvedchuk in the negotiations as a representative of the Ukrainian side. In fact, he will be the representative of Russia in this process, “the political scientist is sure.
Russia’s response to Zelensky and a cunning move
By the way, October 18 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in a commentary to ICTV channel stated about a possible exchange of Viktor Medvedchuk on Ukrainian citizens in Russia.
“Mr. Medvedchuk is a citizen of Ukraine, and Ukrainian legislation applies to him. On the other hand, if, for example, Russia would confirm that Mr. Medvedchuk has Russian citizenship, for example (let’s say, it is quite possible), then we would be happy after this confirmation or at least a hint, we would consider the possibility of exchanging Mr. Medvedchuk for real heroes and citizens of Ukraine “Zelensky said, adding that Russia did not explicitly state its demands “to leave Medvedchuk alone.”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy: “If Russia confirmed that Medvedchuk has Russian citizenship, then we would consider exchanging Medvedchuk for Ukrainian citizens” / Photo: REUTERS
Political scientist Vadim Karasev believes that the proposal to involve Medvedchuk in the negotiation process on Donbass is the Kremlin’s response to Zelensky’s statement.
“Symmetrical mirroring. Zelensky offered to exchange Medvedchuk for prisoners. The Kremlin, in response, let’s change Medvedchuk for peace. It’s a very clever move,” the political scientist says to Segodnya.
The expert notes that Ukraine will not agree with the proposal of the “LPR” and the refusal will play into the hands of Russia.
“Russia will have a reason to declare that Ukraine does not want peace in Donbass,” summed up Karasev.
Vadim Karasev: “Russia will have a reason to declare that Ukraine does not want peace in Donbass” / Photo: Facebook
What is incriminated to Medvedchuk
Viktor Medvedchuk is suspected of high treason, violation of the laws of war, sponsoring ORDLO militants and fraud with coal. He faces from 12 years in prison to life imprisonment. Among the charges brought against him:
- attempted plunder of natural resources (according to the investigation, in 2015 the suspects, including Medvedchuk, entered into an agreement with an official of the Russian government to extract minerals on the Black Sea shelf);
- the transfer of information containing state secrets to the Russian special services (in 2020, Medvedchuk allegedly transferred to Kozak, who was at that moment in Russia, information about a secret unit of the Ukrainian army);
- anti-Ukrainian activity (Medvedchuk is suspected of intending to create an “infrastructure of influence” through the Ukrainians working in the Russian Federation);
- sponsoring terrorism through a Ukrainian bank with the permission of the country’s top officials.
On August 20, Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova announced that the investigation of Medvedchuk’s case had been completed – preparations were underway to consider it in court in essence.
On October 8, Viktor Medvedchuk was informed of a new suspicion, and on October 12, they even tried to change his measure of restraint from house arrest to a pre-trial detention center with the possibility of a billion hryvnia bail. But the court left him under house arrest until December 7.