The beating, which took
place on Dec. 25, 2013, amid the EuroMaidan Revolution, has
provoked massive outcry worldwide, with Chornovol and her supporters
accusing Yanukovych and his allies of being
behind the crime. Documents uncovered at Yanukovych’s Mezhyhirya estate implicate his security chief in orchestrating the attack.
The Federal Migration
Service’s Moscow branch approved an asylum request filed by one of
those suspected of beating Chornovol, Andrei Zinchenko, making it
impossible for him to be extradited to Ukraine, Izvestiya reported
Zinchenko’s lawyer, told the paper that the suspect was released on
Aug. 4 after his detention period expired. He was detained by Moscow
police in February after fleeing to Russia. Ukrainian authorities are
seeking to extradite him.