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    Demand to return Putin’s godfather: Russia in the TCG blocked the exchange of prisoners

    Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to see Viktor Medvedchuk in the Trilateral Contact Group

    Russia demands to replace Tretyakov with Medvedchuk in TCG / Photo: kremlin.ru

    The Russian side demanded that Ukraine remove Galina Tretyakova from the delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group and replace her with the People’s Deputy from the Opposition Platform – For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk, who is now is under house arrest.

    This was announced by the representative of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG, journalist Sergei Garmash on his Facebook page following the meeting, which took place on Wednesday, October 27. According to him, the Russian side again actually blocked all the issues of the humanitarian subgroup.

    “They want to deal only with Putin’s godfather. There was even an idea to unilaterally give three women to Ukraine, but only“ in the person of Medvedchuk. ”Ukraine in the person of Putin’s godfather is an interesting image.”– he wrote.

    Garmash stressed that Ukraine will not agree to such conditions.

    “Of course, no one will dictate to Ukraine whom to include in its delegation. It is all the more strange when people who do not officially represent anyone in the TCG try to do this. Even Russia is embarrassed to issue an official note on their participation in the negotiations.”, – he said.

    According to him, the Russian side deliberately puts forward absurd demands in order to block the work of the subgroup.

    “In fact, they simply cannot think of any intelligible reasons to explain the failure of the Normandy Four to exchange prisoners and open the checkpoint in Happiness and Zolote. Therefore, they put forward absolutely absurd, initially impracticable demands to block the work of the subgroup.”, – the message says.

    The Medvedchuk case

    Viktor Medvedchuk is suspected of high treason and violation of the laws and customs of war. He shines from 12 years in prison to life. Among the charges brought against him:

    • attempted plundering of natural resources (according to the investigation, in 2015 the defendants in the case 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 information about a secret unit of the Ukrainian army to Kozak, who was at that time in Russia);
    • anti-Ukrainian activity (Medvedchuk is suspected of intending to create an “infrastructure of influence” through the Ukrainians working in the Russian Federation).

    On October 20, another investigation was launched against Viktor Medvedchuk, who is now under house arrest awaiting trial for high treason. It is being conducted within the framework of criminal proceedings under Part 2 of Art. 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (abuse of power or official position).



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