Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is in Russian Federation state protection. On Friday, February 8, Interfax informs.
On a question of journalists, whether is protected in the Russian Federation, Viktor Yanukovych, Peskov said: "By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation it is protected".
"Public protection is granted by decision of the President", - said Peskov.
When asked whether Putin's decree on granting the protection of Yanukovych, Peskov said: "Yes, Yes, he was, when he (Yanukovych) entered (in Russia) as head of the (Ukrainian) state."
The press Secretary did not comment on what structure protects Yanukovych.
"This I can not say for sure. I do not know. But he is guarded, he has state protection", - said Peskov.
Journalists also asked about the legal status of Yanukovych. This Peskov said that he "entered the Federation as acting President and head of state of Ukraine, after the country suffered a violent seizure of power".
"Entered as Yanukovych is still in Russia", - said Peskov.
To the question, what is the current legal status of Yanukovych, the press Secretary said, "Now, Yanukovych is President of Ukraine... he has no particular or special status."
Recall, February 6, Viktor Yanukovych held a press conference in Moscow, during which he announced the betrayal by Europe, but also commented on the verdict of treason.
On 24 January, the court found guilty on charges of treason Yanukovych in absentia and sentenced him to 13 years in prison. Judges did not support all charges.
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