Kremlin explained Yanukovich’s state security with Putin’s decree
According to the spokesperson for the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, the security of the former Head of Ukraine was brought under control immediately after he set foot Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on information about the protection of the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich by Russian security forces. When asked by journalists, Peskov said: “State protection is provide by the decision of the head of state.”
It was difficult for Peskov to specify exactly what service is responsible for the protection of the former Ukraine President. According to him, he does not know for sure, but he can say with certainty that Yanukovich is provided with state security.
Journalists also asked about the legal status of Yanukovich. To this, Peskov replied that he “entered the Russian Federation as the acting President and head of state of Ukraine, after a forceful seizure of power occurred in this country”. He also emphasized that now Yanukovich is no longer the head of Ukraine, so he does not have any special status.
As The CrimeRussia wrote, Yanukovich left his country in February 2014 against the backdrop of mass executions of protesters on the Maidan in Kiev.
On February 22, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada voted in favor of the resolution recognizing that Yanukovich withdrew from the exercise of the constitutional powers of the president and is not performing his duties, in connection with which special presidential elections were scheduled, in which Petro Poroshenko won.