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Kyiv Post - - Opin­ion -

Ac­tions speak louder than words, and the Ukrainian au­thor­i­ties’ ac­tions in the case of Rus­sian-born Timur Tum­goyev tell a trou­bling tale.

The Prose­cu­tor Gen­eral’s Of­fice on Sept. 12 ex­tra­dited Tum­goyev to Rus­sia at the re­quest of Rus­sia’s Fed­eral Se­cu­rity Ser­vice, even though the Kharkiv Hu­man Rights Group and Mus­lim Che­ber­loyevsky, the com­man­der of Ukraine’s vol­un­teer Sheikh Mansur bat­tal­ion, say that Tum­goyev fought against Rus­sian-led troops in the Don­bas.

Pros­e­cu­tors deny Tum­goyev fought there, tak­ing the side of the Rus­sian se­cu­rity ser­vice known as the FSB, even though the agency rou­tinely fab­ri­cates cases. The FSB claims Tum­goyev fought in Syria as part of a ter­ror­ist group against Rus­sian-backed dic­ta­tor Bashar al-As­sad. Tum­goyev’s ex­tra­di­tion is a gross vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights. First: if Tum­goyev fought against Rus­sia in the Don­bas, Ukrainian law en­forcers are hand­ing him over to the en­emy. Se­cond: re­gard­less of whether Tum­goyev fought in the Don­bas, the claim that he is a ter­ror­ist comes only from Rus­sia, a po­lice state with a rep­u­ta­tion for dis­hon­esty. Third: Tum­goyev faces tor­ture and pos­si­bly death for op­pos­ing the Krem­lin.

The Ukrainian au­thor­i­ties also have a record of fail­ing to take ac­tion against Krem­lin-friendly politi­cians and oli­garchs. Ty­coon Dmytro Fir­tash, who is based in Aus­tria and faces U.S. bribery charges, still owns the Crimean Ti­tan chem­i­cal plant in Rus­sian-an­nexed Crimea. Fir­tash has not been charged in a sin­gle crim­i­nal case in Ukraine. Mean­while, politi­cian Vik­tor Medved­chuk boasts about his friend­ship with Rus­sian dic­ta­tor Vladimir Putin. Medved­chuk faces no charges and still en­joys friendly re­la­tions with the Ukrainian au­thor­i­ties.

Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko, Prose­cu­tor Gen­eral Yuriy Lut­senko and oth­ers can talk about their pa­tri­o­tism, but their ac­tions tell an­other story.

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