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Monday, July 21, 2008

The Yushchenko Outrage

Imagine this scenario, if you will:

  • While campaigning for a third term as the "president" of Russia, Vladimir Putin is stricken with a deadly poison and his face massively disfigured. Miraculously, he survives and goes on to win "election."
  • Russian authorities identify the alleged assassin, a ranking figure in the Russian secret police. But before they can arrest him, he flees to America.
  • America confers citizenship on the assassin, and when Russia demands extradition America refuses on that basis.
How do you think Russia would react?

RIA Novosti reports:
KIEV, July 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has refused to extradite a former Ukrainian security service deputy head suspected of involvement in the poisoning of President Viktor Yushchenko in 2004, Ukraine's top prosecutors said on Wednesday. The Prosecutor General's Office said that since Moscow considers Wolodymyr Satsiuk, or Vladimir Satsyuk, to be a Russian citizen, he cannot be extradited. Satsiuk is also facing abuse of office and forgery charges in Ukraine, which requested his extradition in April 2008. Ukraine has been negotiating with Russia over the extradition of three people who it says may have been involved in the Yushchenko poisoning, but the Russian Prosecutor General's Office said it had received no other extradition requests. Yushchenko became seriously ill in early September 2004, the day after attending a reception and dinner with Ukrainian security services leaders. He suffered from a series of symptoms, including back pain, acute pancreatitis and nerve paralysis on the left side of his face. After the illness, his face became heavily disfigured - grossly jaundiced, bloated and pockmarked. Many have linked Yushchenko's poisoning to a group of senior Ukrainian officials, including the former head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Ihor Smeshko, and his deputy, Satsiuk.

All of them are believed to have fled to Russia and received Russian citizenship.
It's barbarism, pure and simple. Russia, a G-8 member, is harboring assassins!

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