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Ukraine Extradites Russian Ultranationalist

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Mikhail Markelov, the brother of slain human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, pays his last respects at his brother's funeral in Moscow in 2009.

Mikhail Markelov, the brother of slain human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, pays his last respects at his brother's funeral in Moscow in 2009.

Ukraine has extradited a Russian ultranationalist activist allegedly involved in a series of high-profile killings.

The Russian Prosecutor-General's Office announced on September 12 that Mikhail Volkov, who was arrested in Ukraine in May,was handed to Russian investigators and transferred to a pretrial detention center in Russia.

According to investigators, Volkov was an active member of the so-called Militant Organization of Russian Nationalists.

He was charged in absentia with multiple murders based on national, racial, and religious hatred; membership in an illegal armed group; extremism; and illegal weapons distribution.

Investigators accuse Volkov of taking part in the killings of Moscow City Court Judge Eduard Chuvashov, lawyer Stanislav Markelov, boxing champion Muslim Abdullayev, three leaders of the antifascist movement, and three other individuals in recent years.
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