“Evgeny Mefyodov was released on August 19. On August 20, he came to our consular reception, he accepted applications for sending to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in order to confirm his Russian citizenship, since he did not have a single Russian document in his hands. Without charging a consular fee, a request was sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs on August 20. Today, August 21, thanks to our efforts, an answer has been received that contains information that he acquired Russian citizenship and was registered in Russia on February 6, 1992. Accordingly, we contacted Eugene and invited him to an appointment so that he would submit the documents for a new passport. Documents will be sent to the Foreign Ministry, a new passport will be received by diplomatic mail and we will give it to Eugene. No money was levied from him, ”said Osmakov.

Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that fake information was circulating on the network that the Russian Evgeny Mefyodov, after being released on bail from a Ukrainian prison at the Consulate General of Russia in Odessa, was required to pay for paperwork.