war crimes in Ukraine

The Tribunal for Putin (T4P) global initiative was set up in response to the all-out war launched by Russia against Ukraine in February 2022.

Similar articles

On the agendaThe rule of law is not just on paper!Letter in defence of the Law: Refugees must not be extradited!UHHRU position on the extradition of a refugee by Ukraine’s Prosecutor GeneralThe Prosecutor General must go!The Prosecutor General has overstepped domestic and international law. What next?Ukraine’s Prosecutor General flouts court rulingCentre for Legal Aid clients receive refugee status in UkraineNew ruling against the Prosecutor General regarding a refugeeStrasbourg halts any extradition to Kazakhstan of four refugeesNew brutal sentence in Russia’s 'liquidation of dissenters' in occupied Crimea Russia seeks 12-year sentence against Crimean Tatar claiming 'terrorism' in a religious discussion 7 years ago Russia demands 18-year sentence for blind and disabled Ukrainian political prisoner on grotesque ‘terrorism’ charges Russia sentences Crimean Solidarity activist to 17 years for defending political prisoners Russia seeks 18-year sentence in conveyor belt ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar Crimean Solidarity activist Russia copy-pastes first attack on Crimean Tatar activists after 4 years for new 13-year sentences After violently seizing Crimea, Russia accuses peaceful Crimean Tatars of ‘terrorism’ for defending political prisoners Russia tries to imprison blind and disabled Crimean on insane ‘terrorism’ charges Russia brings 17-year sentences without any crime to occupied Crimea Mothers of Crimean Tatar political prisoners prosecuted for affirming their sons’ innocence

President’s Secretariat sees no problem in extraditing a refugee


A reply has been received from the President’s Secretariat to the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union’s letter regarding the extradition to the Russian Federation on 28 July of Oleg Kuznetsov, who had been granted refugee status in Ukraine in March this year.

Even if the letter never reached the President, it is disturbing that he should have a Head of his Secretariat (and it is Viktor Baloha’s name at the bottom of this letter) who can state that “According to information from the Prosecutor General’s Office, the extradition of O. Kuznetsov was carried out on lawful grounds”.  The problem is not even the fact that given the material presented by UHHRU, he should still think it sufficient to say that the Prosecutor General says that all is well.  It is that the details of this case are in fact secondary.  The situation is unequivocally clear: Kuznetsov had been granted refugee status, and it is against domestic and international law to extradite a recognized refugee.

Mr Baloha’s letter also states that a Prosecutor General can only be dismissed with the consent of the Verkhovna Rada.  This does not prevent the President from recognizing the damage done Ukrainians’ faith in the present Prosecutor General who also flouted a court ruling rejecting his appeal against Kuznetsov’s refugee status and Ukraine’s reputation in the world.

Sample letters, with addresses, can be found here 

We must repeat that while officials are allowed to show contempt for the law and Ukraine’s international commitments with impunity, such outrages will continue.

From information at

 Share this