September 26, 2023 6:33 am

Russian citizen detained by Finnish authorities, confirmed by Russian embassy — RT World News

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A Russian national, known as Voislav Torden, has been arrested in Finland and is now facing extradition to Ukraine on war crimes charges. The Russian embassy in Helsinki confirmed the arrest on Saturday, stating that Torden had been detained in July for “violating migration rules” and had been held in a migrant detention center. However, earlier this week, after Ukraine declared its intention to seek his extradition, Torden was placed under arrest and transferred to jail. He has since reached out to Russian diplomats for consular assistance.

While the embassy did not provide details on the specific charges, media reports suggest that they relate to war crimes allegedly committed by Torden during the early stages of the Donbass conflict in 2014-2015. Torden, born in the Soviet Union in 1987, had been residing in Norway since the early 2000s. He was known to be associated with far-right groups and was briefly detained during a police raid on a tattoo parlor suspected of being a neo-Nazi hideout.

When the conflict erupted in Eastern Ukraine following the 2014 Maidan coup, Torden traveled to the Donbass region and joined the paramilitary group Rusich. The Ukrainian authorities have accused Rusich of committing war crimes, with its members allegedly sharing online combat footage of themselves posing with slain Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Kiev far-right militants.

Torden lost his residency permit in Norway in October 2016 and was subsequently deported to Russia. It remains unclear when he changed his name to Voislav Torden and when he obtained a Finnish residence permit, as he had been targeted by US and EU sanctions under his original name. It is also unclear whether Torden actually lived in Finland prior to his arrest in July.

The Rusich group, in which Torden was involved, was active mainly between 2014 and 2015 in the Donbass region. It announced the end of its operations during this time, although there have been reports of the group re-emerging in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The extradition process will now proceed, with Ukraine seeking to bring Torden to trial on the war crimes charges he faces. The Russian embassy has confirmed that consular visitation will take place in the coming days. The arrest and potential extradition of Torden highlight the ongoing tensions and legal action surrounding the Donbass conflict and the pursuit of justice for war crimes committed during this period.

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