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Ukraine charges Alexander Bastrykin, head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, in absentia with justifying the war and repression in occupied regions

The Ukrainian Security Service has charged Alexander Bastrykin, who is the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, in absentia.

Ukraine says Bastrykin publicly justifies Russia’s armed aggression and the capture of parts of southern and western Ukrainian regions, and promotes mass repression in occupied areas. 

The case is the latest in a series of in absentia charges by Ukraine against Russian officials, among others, Dmitry Medvedev and Evgeny Prigozhin. Bastrykin responded to the charges against Medvedev by opening a criminal case against Ukrainian officials for “illegal criminal prosecution.”

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