24.01.17 21:56

If Tsertsvadze extradited to Russia, Georgian Legion will leave Ukraine in protest, - Mamulashvili

Mamuka Mamulashvili, the commander of the Georgian Legion that fights alongside Ukrainian soldiers in the Donbas, called on the Ukrainian authorities not to extradite their comrade, citizen of Georgia Gia Tsertsvadze to Russia.

Censor.NET reports referring to Mamulashvili's Facebook page.

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"If soldier Gia Tsertsvadze is extradited to Russia, the Georgian Legion will leave Ukraine in protest!" he wrote.

Georgian Tsertsvadze was arrested on Jan. 15, 2017 in Kyiv's Zhuliany Airport. Russia put him on the international wanted list on charges of murder and attempted murder committed in 2003 in Sochi.

The Solomianskyi district court of Kyiv remanded Tsertsvadze in a 40-day custody. The defense appealed the decision in Kyiv's Appeals Court.

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Ukraine has repeatedly addressed the necessity to introduce a simplified procedure of granting citizenship or the right of residence to foreigners who took part in the defense of the country's territorial integrity. According to Kharkiv human rights activist Borys Zakharov, 11 Russian volunteers who fought on the side of Ukraine in the Donbas as part of volunteer battalions are now in custody pending extradition to Russia.

The soldiers of the Georgian Legion signed military contracts and joined the 25th Separate Mechanized Infantry Battalion "Kyiv Rus" in May 2016.
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