Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika has said he sees no reasons to turn Viktor Yanukovych over to Ukraine.
"We do not see any grounds for his handover," Chaika said in Simferopol, Crimea, on Friday, when answering a question from Interfax. Russia still views Yanukovych as the legitimate president of Ukraine, he said. "Viktor Yanukovych is a totally legitimate president. And the current Kyiv authorities came to power as a result of an armed coup. I am saying this as a lawyer," the Russian prosecutor general said. "The information available to us suggests that he has not committed any crimes. Hence, there are no reasons to extradite him," Chaika said. Furthermore, "there are scores of questions for the new authorities," he said. "A whole succession of crimes was committed, and they should be investigated," the Russian prosecutor general said.