Vladimir Putin ally with power to pardon death row Britons ‘sees no ground’ to save them – World News

Denis Pushilin is one of the few individuals with the power to rescue Britain’s Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner after being sentenced to death, but has pre-empted legal proceedings to say he won’t.

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Russia: Pushilin discusses Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner

The only Russian politician who can pardon the death sentences of two British fighters has said he “sees no reason” to save them.

Denis Pushilin is expected to hear requests for clemency from Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, along with 21-year-old Moroccan Sadun Brahim.

However, the leader of the Vladimir Putin-backed separatist People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) has anticipated legal proceedings to come forward with the clemency requests and has already suggested he will not grant any form of leniency.

The two Britons fought against Putin’s forces in Ukraine, but after being captured in April, they were sentenced to death on June 9 by pro-Russian DPR forces.

They allegedly admitted “training to carry out terrorist activities”.

The DPR, a state recognized almost exclusively by Russia on the international scene, had issued death sentences for the two Britons in the Supreme Court.

Aiden Aslin (left), Shaun Pinner (center) and Moroccan Sadun Brahim were all sentenced to death in Russia


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Now Pushilin has attempted to destroy any hopes of seeing them return home safely after being branded “mercenaries”.

In images shown on the Zvezda Canal, controlled by Vladimir Putin’s Ministry of Defense, Pushilin said: “As for possible exchanges, pardons and other things, at the moment I have the right to pardon these people in accordance with our legislation.

“But I don’t see any preconditions for me to go in this direction.”

He continued: “With the mercenaries, two Britons, one Moroccan – there was a trial, a direct trial, they got lawyers.…

“Their crimes can be classified as serious and especially serious crimes. It was easy enough to predict… that they would be sentenced to death.

Denis Pushilin, Head of the Donetsk . People’s Republic


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“My personal opinion is that this is just a punishment for those people who came to kill civilians for money from other countries.”

His statement seemingly appropriates the entire legal process, amid claims by the west that the three were subjected to a show trial, which reportedly lasted just three days.

The trio will now appeal that will be heard before any pleadings, but Pushilin’s statement has discredited all of that.

The trial itself was riddled with questionable decisions, including five witnesses, on whose words they were convicted, and who simply did not appear for the duration of it.

Mr Aslin’s family said in a statement: “We have heard the news from Donetsk and need some time to absorb it all.

Aiden Aslin was captured in April and fought in Mariupol


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“We love Aiden with all our hearts. He and Shaun, as members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, should be treated with respect, just like any other POW.

“We hope this verdict is overturned and we request the governments of the UK and Ukraine to do everything in their power to get them back to us safely and quickly.

“We can only imagine what they are going through right now.

“This is a very disturbing development and we ask that our privacy is respected at this time.”

It is understood that Mr Aslin’s mother Ang Wood found out about the draconian conviction while watching TV news at the family home in Newark, Notts.

Footage shared on social media by Ria Novosti on Wednesday shows a translator asking Mr Aslin if he would “plee guilty” to a criminal offense, to which he replied, “Yes.”

Shaun Pinner, 48


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The video appeared to show the two Britons in the dock of the Supreme Court of the pro-Russian territory next to the Moroccan national.

Mr Pinner faced tougher charges after reportedly admitting he “seized power by force”

Despite Russia’s efforts to recognize DPR, no other country does and under international law it is part of Ukraine, which does not carry out the death penalty, just as Russia does not.

A Downing Street spokesman previously said: “The British government is ‘deeply concerned’ over the death sentences handed down against Britons Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, who were imprisoned while fighting for Ukraine.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also condemned the exploitation of prisoners of war for political purposes in response to the images.

It said it is working with the Ukrainian government on the issue of British prisoners.

Denis Pushilin speaks about British prisoners of war on June 12, 2022


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Secretary of State Lizz Truss tweeted: “I strongly condemn the sentencing of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner by Russian proxies in eastern Ukraine.

“They are prisoners of war. This is a sham sentence without any legitimacy. My thoughts are with the families. We will continue to do everything we can to support them.”

One suspicion is that Putin wants the men traded for pro-Kremlin prisoners held in Ukraine, such as politician and tycoon Viktor Medvedchuk, a friend of the Kremlin leader.

A third British detainee Andrew Hill, 35, a father of four from Plymouth, has also been told he could face the death penalty when his sentence is handed down.

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