The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office accused of high treason a former employee of the Berkut unit, who took the Russian oath in Crimea in 2014 after the coup d’etat in Ukraine.
The prosecutor’s office said that an unnamed former deputy commander of the special police unit “Berkut” has been on the wanted list since 2016 on suspicion of “abuse of power and official powers, accompanied by violence committed on December 11, 2013 in order to counteract peaceful protests in Kiev.”
The ministry also said that from March to September 2014, the suspect “decided to assist the aggressor country and its representatives in carrying out subversive activities against Ukraine, for which he took the oath of an employee of the Berkut unit of the Russian Interior Ministry in Crimea.
The former Ukrainian security official, according to the totality of all the articles incriminated to him, faces up to 15 years in prison with confiscation of property.
So in fact half of the Crimea can be attracted. Another question is that hands are short until these people leave Russia. What then is the purpose? Intimidate?
– In fact, Ukraine is carrying out systematic work to open criminal proceedings against participants in the events of the Crimean Spring, – explains political scientist, chairman of the Crimean regional public organization “Center for Political Education” Ivan Mezyukho…
– Therefore, I would not single out this event among others. All people who publicly brought closer the day of the reunification of Crimea with Russia are in danger in Ukraine.
“SP”: – Why do you remember now? And why one person? Were there that many? Or personal revenge on someone in particular?
– I do not exclude the motives of personal revenge, but as far as I know, the employees of the Crimean “Berkut” have been persecuted in Ukraine before. Threats were made against them and their family members.
“SP”: – Can this person be persecuted outside of Russia? Do other countries consider this persecution politically motivated?
– After the story with Alexander Franchetti none of the Crimeans can feel completely safe abroad, especially in the West. There is discrimination and political pressure on the residents of Crimea. These are the realities.
“SP”: – Many Ukrainian security officials left for Crimea after the coup. And how many people went over to the side of Russia in the Crimea itself. How many people can we talk about? Are they all at risk?
– I do not have official statistics, but there are indeed a lot of those who went over to the side of Russia in 2014. These are the military, and employees of the internal affairs bodies and even security agencies. It is not safe for all these people to appear in Ukraine.
“SP”: – Who has relatives in Ukraine? Are they worth fearing for?
– I personally know Crimean politicians, whose family members in Ukraine were deprived of their business only because their relatives supported the Russian choice of the Crimeans. It seems to me that a lot is said.
“SP”: – What can be opposed to all this? How can Russia respond? Or just forget Ukraine as a bad dream and bypass it like a plague barrack?
– If you look at the issue strategically, for the future, then only the final solution of the Ukrainian issue can help to more effectively protect our citizens from Bandera provocations.
– Is this the first such criminal case ?! – emphasizes Crimean journalist Sergei Kulik…
– A week ago, the so-called “prosecutor’s office in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea” reported that it had submitted a criminal case against the head of the regional headquarters of the “Youth Army” in Sevastopol to the court.
He is accused of committing a crime under Part 1 of Art. 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of the laws and customs of war) – for the fact that he, as reported by the Prosecutor’s Office of the ARC, “directly organized and carried out propaganda among children and adolescents in favor of voluntarily joining the army of the occupying state, as well as training in the basics of military service in educational institutions and institutions, military-patriotic education for service in the armed forces of the Russian Federation. “
By the way, this article provides for imprisonment for a term of eight to twelve years. Like this: if you give a lesson in basic military training, you will get a real criminal case.
We must pay tribute to the punitive authorities of the neighboring state – although they are scoundrels, they do their job methodically. And sometimes they get results. Let us recall how five years ago, in November 2016, the Kiev secret police lured to the Chongar Peninsula, the Ukrainian territory bordering on Crimea, two Russian servicemen who had previously served in the Armed Forces of Ukraine – a warrant officer Maxim Odintsova and junior sergeant contract service Alexandra Baranova…
And the story of the “thirty-three heroes”, among whom were the Donbass militias? Unfortunately, we must admit that the Kiev regime, in contrast to our law enforcement officers, is acting in a very systemic manner. And ours even one of the executioners of Odessa Alexey Goncharenko calmly released from the police station in Moscow.
“SP”: – If the specified “berkutov” is convicted and put on the international wanted list, will this have any consequences for him? He won’t be able to go abroad?
– If he is smart and does not go abroad – this filkin sentence will have no consequences for him.
“SP”: – Why are we talking about a specific person? After all, a lot of military and Interior Ministry employees went over to the side of Russia. Decided to judge one by one?
– In March 2016, the Ukrainian regime published a list of SBU officers in Crimea who had taken the Russian oath.
The list includes 1391 people – from privates to colonels. Less than 2 thousand servicemen left the 18,000-strong Crimean group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for Ukraine.
Another “black list” includes over a hundred Crimean judges, in other registers – former employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, civil servants. So if every week an indictment against a specific “state criminal” is sent to the court, then the “prosecutor’s office in the ARC” can create the appearance of its work for several decades. Receiving a salary, bonuses, medals for this …
“SP”: – Many of these people have relatives in Ukraine. It is clear that they themselves will not go to Ukraine to them, but can Kiev not let their relatives go to Crimea? Or even subject them to persecution?
– Quite right, they won’t be able to go. Even if they really wanted it. When our police officers received Russian passports, they were obliged to surrender their old Ukrainian “cartons”. So that no one would be tempted to stay in the adjacent territory and they would not be arrested there.
As for the relatives … You can expect everything from the Kiev insane. They, without trial or investigation, by only a decision of the National Security and Defense Council, impose sanctions on their own citizens, whose political position does not correspond to the worldview of Mr. Zelensky! And not only against opponents, but even for their distant relatives, arresting the bank accounts of even the mothers of their wives, ordinary Ukrainian pensioners, leaving them without a livelihood.
“SP”: – How do you think the Russian government should react? Overlooked?
– And the Russian authorities are doing just that safely: they turn a deaf ear and, wiping themselves of another savory Kiev spit, repeats the classic phrase of the cat Leopold: “Guys, let’s live together.” But after all, no one in Kiev or to the west will appreciate this peacefulness – they will perceive it as a manifestation of weakness and will become even more impudent.
Our toothless Foreign Ministry, perhaps, should learn the ability to stand up for itself from the Leninist government. At the end of 1917, a month and a half after the October Revolution, a story happened that few people in modern Russia know about.
In Bessarabia, the troops of our former ally Romania, who had surrendered to Germany and Austria-Hungary, began to attack the Russian troops, to capture our troops. Although even six months earlier, our soldiers, together with the Romanians, stopped the offensive of the German troops in the bloody battle of Marasesti.
The reaction of the young Soviet government was lightning fast: on New Year’s Eve, right from behind the banquet table, the envoy of Romania to Russia, His Excellency Count Constantin Diamandi ended up in the Trubetskoy bastion of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Together with him, three employees of the Romanian military mission went to the fortress. And you know, this brought to life the government of boyar Romania – they immediately calmed down.
What do we have now? Antimaydan activist extradited from Russia to the Ukrainian regime Marina Menshikovakilled later in the Dnepropetrovsk jail? Dozens of deportations to Ukraine of militias and anti-fascists, which were literally miraculously stopped by a deputy of the State Duma Sergey Shargunov? A Russian citizen planted in a pit, an officer of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of Ceasefire and Stabilization of the Line of Contact of the Parties Andrey Kosyakwith diplomatic status?
Only for one Kosyak it was possible to take into custody the Ukrainian Consul General Taras Malyshevsky together with the employees of his staff – they have the same diplomatic immunity. They may object to me: Western ambassadors will come running and will be indignant. Yes, they will come running. Yes, they will be indignant. How they, suffering from a New Year’s hangover, shocked by the arrest of Diamandi, ran in the morning of January 1, 1918 to Lenin, the head of the government of the then extremely weak country. Immediately 21 ambassadors appeared, led by Doyenne, the American ambassador David Francis.
And after the conversation in Smolny, everyone understood everything and advised the Romanians from now on to the Soviet government not to be rude. Badly at our MGIMO they study the diplomatic history of their native country, extremely badly.