Roman Landik, who was expelled from the Regions Party faction in Luhansk City Council, has not yet been brought to Ukraine, but Ukraine is doing everything possible to speed up his extradition from Russia, Ukrainian Interior Minister Anatoliy Mohyliov has said.
"No, he’s still not in Ukraine… A court order for his arrest has now been obtained. Now, through the Prosecutor General’s Office, the question of his extradition is being resolved. This decision is to be taken by a Russian court on the basis of our documents," he said at a press briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.
Mohyliov said that court hearings on this issue would be held in Russia soon.
"We will try [to bring him to Ukraine] as soon as possible," he said.
Landik was expelled from the Regions Party and the Regions Party faction in Luhansk City Council this week.
Earlier media reported that Landik had beaten up a young woman seated at another table in a restaurant.
This incident was recorded on video and the clip was posted on the Internet.
The injured woman, aged 20, is currently at the neurological department of Luhansk hospital suffering from concussion and bruising.
On July 7, the prosecutor’s office of Luhansk region opened a criminal case against Landik on charges of disorderly conduct (Part 3 of Article 296) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine on July 7.
Landik was put on the wanted list and was detained near Krasnodar, Russia.
Landik is the son of Volodymyr Landik, a member of the Regions Party faction at Ukraine’s parliament.