KIEV, August 22 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine is to extradite to Russia next month a suspected Russian nationalist who the Russian authorities want on charges of murder, arms trafficking, and participation in an extremist group.
Mikhail Volkov, suspected of being a member of the extremist group BORN, is expected to be extradited to Russia early in September, after the Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office granted permission for the extradition, a law enforcement source in Ukraine told RIA Novosti.
Russia put Volkov on the international wanted list this April, and he was detained in Kiev by the Ukrainian security services on May 10.
His extradition was initially ordered on July 18. He appealed the decision, but the court dismissed his appeal.
BORN is a right-wing nationalist group whose members are suspected of having been involved in several high-profile cases, including the murders in Moscow of judge Eduard Chuvashov and lawyer Stanislav Markelov.
Judge Chuvashov was shot dead in the stairwell of his Moscow apartment in 2010. He had presided over a number of court cases related to far-right groups and had handed down several long sentences for hate crimes committed by their members.
Lawyer Stanislav Markelov was shot dead in Moscow on January 19, 2009. According to the investigation, Markelov was murdered for his active participation in an anti-fascist movement.
Volkov was suspected by investigators of involvement in that killing, as well as the death of a former Thai boxing champion Muslim Abdullaev.