A professional-Russia politician with ties to President Vladimir Putin, in addition to different Russian-backed companies and pursuits, was arrested on Tuesday, April 12, greater than a month after he escaped home arrest through the chaos of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Sixty-seven-year-old Viktor Medvedchuk was photographed carrying ill-fitting fatigues and handcuffed, and was provided by the Ukrainian authorities to Russia in trade for Ukrainian prisoners of warfare, which Russia rejected, based on the BBC.
“As regards the exchange, which various individuals in Kyiv are talking about with such passion and glee, Medvedchuk is not a citizen of Russia and he has nothing to do with the special military operation. He is a foreign politician,” mentioned Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.
Medvedchuk’s property have been then seized by the Ukrainian authorities after his arrest. Among the property that have been taken are 30 land plots, 23 homes, 32 residences, 26 automobiles, and one yacht, the Daily Beast reported.
Medvedchuk was a lawyer for Soviet dissidents earlier than changing into a businessman and a politician with pro-Kremlin sentiments and ties. He met President Putin in 2003, and whereas they aren’t described as mates, Putin is the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter.
An proprietor of a number of tv stations and media publications, Medvedchuk has been accused of rigging the Presidential election vote in 2004. In 2021, he was charged with treason after an intensive investigation by the federal government, based on al-Jazeera.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy closed down his three tv stations in 2021 and had him on home arrest as he awaited trial for his fees.
In spite of Russia refusing a prisoner swap for Medvedchuk, Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev, whom Medvedchuk has been photographed with on a number of events, has threatened the individuals who captured the pro-Russian politician and are holding him captive.
“These people should watch out and lock the doors well at night to make sure they do not become the people who are going to be exchanged themselves,” he mentioned.