Georgian Legion's Tsertsvadze released from jail by prosecutorial decision, - lawyer. PHOTO

Citizen of Georgia Gia Tsertsvadze, who fought alongside Ukrainian soldiers in the Donbas and whose extradition is requested by Russia on charges of murder, has been released.

His lawyer Kseniia Prokonova wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

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"Gia Tsertsvadze has been released by decision of the prosecutor's office. It's a lifting of temporary arrest. We'll speak about the ban on extradition after the extradition check is over. Thanks to everyone involved!" Prokonova wrote.

"As I promised, Gia Tsertsvadze is at large. Ukraine does not betray its citizens, including its Georgians," Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko said.


Georgian citizen 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.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/p425122