Russia declaring Ukrainian officials 'wanted', Next up? Former Internal Affairs Minister Avakov

Arsen Avakov
Arsen Avakov

Ukraine's former Internal Affairs Minister, Arsen Avakov, has been named as wanted by Russia's Internal Affairs Ministry, Russian propaganda agency RIA Novosti claimed.

The move comes just days after the Russian Federation declared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wanted following years of failed Russian assassination attempts.

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Russia justified the move by claiming Avakov was wanted in criminal cases "about crimes in Donbas" in 2022, Russia's Investigative Committee head, Alexander Bastrykin, alleged.

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A former Kharkiv Oblast Governor, Avakov was named Internal Affairs Minister on February 21, 2014 - the day disgraced former President Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia.

He served until 2021, becoming the only Revolution of Dignity-era minister to serve both President Zelenskyy and President Petro Poroshenko.

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