Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko has applied to the Immigration Court in San Francisco, California, for a U.S. residency permit, Lazarenko's defense lawyer Maryna Dolhopola said.

"He has not applied for political asylum, but only for the right to temporary residence. Some Ukrainian media erroneously reported that Lazarenko had requested political asylum in the United States," the defense lawyer said in a statement.

According to her, Lazarenko is currently staying in a public institution, which is used by the U.S. immigration service for people whose applications for residence permit are being considered.

The court has already notified the ex-premier that it would consider his case. Lazarenko's defense team expects hearings on this issue in two to three weeks.


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