Russia’s Federal Security Service requests Ukraine’s Vice PM Iryna Vereshchuk be arrested in absentia for ‘violating Russia’s territorial integrity’

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has asked the Moscow Lefortovo Court to arrest in absentia Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, Iryna Vereshchuk, under the article on “violation of territorial integrity of the Russian Federation”, as per the data posted on the Moscow courts website.

The service also asked to arrest in absentia Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, under the same article. FSB put Vereshchuk and Dzhaparova on the international wanted list, Russia’s state news agency TASS reports.

According to the information on the website, arrest files on Vereshchuk and Dzhaparova were submitted on 6 December, the court hearings dates have not yet been scheduled. The cause for initiating criminal cases is unknown.

As per Russia’s Criminal Code, the punishment under this article is from 6 to 10 years behind bars.

On 2 October, a Kazan court arrested in absentia Ukrainian businessmen Ihor Kolomoyskyi and Gennadiy Bogolyubov. The co-founders of the biggest financial and industrial group in Ukraine, Privat, were accused of appropriating 800,000 tonnes of oil exported by Russia’s Tatneft. On the same day, a Moscow court arrested in absentia Ukraine’s citizen Natalya Vovk accused of blowing up the car of Daria Dugina. Daria Dugina, the daughter of Alexander Dugin, philosopher and ideologist of the “Russian world” concept, was killed in a car explosion on 20 August in the Moscow suburbs.

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