On August 20th, the Russian security service – FSB reported that it prevented the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) from abducting one of the leaders of the Eastern Ukraine’s people’s militia in Russia and taking him to Ukraine.
The name of the victim was not disclosed. Seven defendants in the criminal case – Russian citizens – have already been arrested.
“As a result of a special operation, the FSB of the Russian Federation uncovered and suppressed an illegal action by the special services of Ukraine on the abduction on the territory of Russia and the forcible transfer to Ukraine of a citizen of the Russian Federation, one of the leaders of the Donbass people’s militia, who took an active part in hostilities against the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” the FSB press service reported.
The development reportedly took place near Moscow.
The organizers and coordinators of the action were the citizens of Ukraine Andriy Baidala and Igor Mishchenko.
They allegedly acted on the instructions of the head of the counterintelligence department of the SBU Alexander Rusnak and the head of the fifth department of the department, Alexander Poklada.
Two groups of members of the Russian organized crime group were formed for the abduction. They were supposed to be paid $200,000 for their work.
During an attempted abduction, the following Russian citizens were arrested – Makarov T.B., Mishchenko M.S., Kapkaeva O.D., Kormich A.M., Pyzin M.Yu., Moroz E.A. and Dolgov V.V. They are in custody, and charges are being drawn up against them.
According to the FSB, Andriy Baidala is known as a freelance employee of the SBU and the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, a confidant of the fifth directorate of the SBU counterintelligence department under the pseudonym Shved. In the DPR, he is involved in several criminal cases as the organizer of terrorist attacks in Donetsk, and he is also suspected of involvement in the murder of Alexander Zakharchenko.
Russian media, such as Kommersant, contacted Igor Strelkov, who is a former official of the Donetsk People’s Republics, but he responded that he was fine and was not the victim of the abduction attempt.
The video begins with a shot of a large man in denim shorts and a red T-shirt lying on the rubble next to a black Audi station wagon. From above, he is held by three operatives, but he does not offer resistance. At some point, it becomes clear that the detainee’s shoes were removed.
The second detainee is held face down on the hood of a white Kia by several people. He also has no resistance.
“Tell me what to do, and I will do it,” he says.
He is told that he needs to turn his head. Then it is shown how the detainee, already with a T-shirt pulled over his face, is allowed to get up from the car and into a gray Volkswagen minibus.
Next comes footage from another room, decorated with whitewashed clapboard. Several people in handcuffs sign some documents. One of them is sitting on the couch and apparently answering questions from employees, but it is difficult to understand what he is talking about.
Aggressive actions of Ukrainian special services on the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and even inside Russia demonstrate that the current Kiev regime is in no way interested in the real de-escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the settlement of tensions with Moscow via diplomatic measures. As long as the Western-controlled political regime in the current form exists on the territory of Ukraine, the peace on the territory of Ukraine is unlikely and Eastern Europe is under a permanent threat of the new open military conflict in the region.
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