The former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the Opposition Platform – For Life party vowed to “defend Russia as their homeland.” In Ukraine, several criminal cases have been initiated against the politician, including treason. ” alt=”Ex-deputy of Rada Kiva asked Putin to give him asylum and citizenship” />
Former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the Opposition Platform party— For life» (OPLJ) Ilya Kiva turned to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request for political asylum and citizenship. He wrote about this in an open letter published in Telegram.
“I ask for permission to grant me political asylum and the opportunity to be a citizen of the Russian Federation. I swear to faithfully fulfill the obligations entrusted to me, to strengthen the state borders, to defend the Russian Federation as my homeland, — The appeal says.
Kiva recalled that several criminal cases were initiated against him in Ukraine, including treason. The ex-deputy connects the accusations with political motives. Earlier, the politician said that he would face punishment under the article on treason for publicly congratulating Putin on his birthday.
On April 19, Kiva announced his intention to seek political asylum from Russia and accused the Ukrainian authorities of wanting to “kill” him. According to the ex-parliamentarian, all attempts to kidnap him failed, after which Kyiv decided “to take an unprecedented step”, demanding his extradition for investigative actions.
In early March, Kiva was expelled from the Opposition Platform for Life for words about the government's flight from the Ukrainian capital after the start of the Russian military operation and for calling on President Volodymyr Zelensky to resign. Party co-chair Yuriy Boyko accused him of inciting hatred.
Later, the Prosecutor General's Office suspected the ex-deputy of high treason and infringement on the territorial integrity of the state, Hromadske reported. The department believes that with his statements he caused “tremendous damage” to Ukraine, and on February 23, the day before the start of the operation, he wrote down a congratulation on the Defender of the Fatherland Day, stating the need for “liberation of Ukraine”.
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The politician was arrested in absentia. He should have been put on the international wanted list. The former parliamentarian was formerly a member of the Right Sector; (the organization is recognized as extremist and banned in Russia) and took part in hostilities in Donbass in 2014.
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