Viktor Yanukovych, who had fled the country in February 2014 and has found asylum in Russia gave an interview to news Agency RIA Novosti, during which he announced his desire to return to politics.
«I want to return to politics. Today I… what I can I do everything. First, many help people, who are persecuted in Ukraine, which have already left, say, outside Ukraine. And not only in Russia. In Russia itself keep in touch with them. Can help» – leads the publication the words of the fugitive head of state.
Yanukovych also said that he maintains ties with current Ukrainian politicians, who «was scared» and «embarrassed» him a year ago: «today, Many of them are not so shy and not so afraid as it was, relatively speaking, a year ago. They feel comfortable when we meet and discuss issues».
Recall that Viktor Yanukovych was President of Ukraine from 2010 to 2014. The politician fled the country in late February 2014 after protests, which escalated later in «revolution merits.» On February 22 the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution stating that Yanukovych «withdrew» from the duties and powers of the President peredayutsya the speaker of the Rada Oleksandr Turchynov. May 25, 2014 was held early presidential elections, won by Petro Poroshenko.
In October of this year, Yanukovych appealed to the European court of human rights (ECHR) with the statement of claim, stating that the Ukrainian authorities systematically violate its rights. The interests of Yanukovych in this process is the British law firm Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP.
Ex-President claims that violated the following clauses of the European Convention: the right to a fair trial (article No. 6), the right to an effective investigation of the attempts on his life and the right to protect his life (article 2), as well as the right not to be discriminated against in political status and beliefs (article No. 14)».
Yanukovych is now the defendant in several criminal cases, including mass murder, in which he was declared internationally wanted. 20 January of this year the Pechersky district court of Kiev took out the resolution on election of a measure against the former President and his suspected accomplices of a measure of restraint in form of arrest, allowing the Ukrainian investigators to demand extradition .
In addition, the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine opened against Yanukovych criminal case on misappropriation of state property. The former President and his accomplices suspected of attempting to seize the building of the recreation complex «Pushcha Voditsa» tracts «Mezhyhiria» and a land plot of over 100 hectares, on which they are located. On 19 June it was reported that the ex-President’s trial started in absentia.