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FSB detains 25 Ukrainian citizens suspected of 'masterminding attacks' in Russia

Published time: April 03, 2014 17:27
Edited time: April 03, 2014 19:45

Detained Ukrainians (screenshots from FSB footage)

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Russia’s Federal Security Service has reported the detention of 25 Ukrainian citizens suspected of masterminding attacks on the territory of Russia, according to RIA Novosti news agency.

“Twenty-five people have been identified and detained as a result of measures performed in connection with the obtained information about the intentions of members of the so-called Maidan's Right Sector to carry out sabotaging and terrorist acts on the Russian territory between March 14-16, 2014 in seven Russian regions (Rostov, Volgograd, Tver, Orel, and Belgorod regions, as well as the Republics of Kalmykiya and Tatarstan),” a statement from the Federal Security Service said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

RT’s source in the security forces said that at least three of those detained were given orders by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) before being sent to Russia.

Among those who gave them instructions was head of Right Sector’s personal security, S. Sereda, who received a high rank in the SBU following the coup in February, the detained parties reportedly said during the interrogation.

According to the source, their mission was to photograph the deployment sights and movements of the Russian military in the regions bordering Ukraine.

They were also tasked with studying the politico-social situation and arranging contacts with representatives of Russian radical organizations.

Those detained worked in Russia undercover as employees of a Ukrainian firm which specializes in children’s photography. They were to pass the gathered data via internet and text messages, the source said.

The SBU has denounced the claims that Ukrainians were planning terrorist attacks in Russia, calling them “nonsense,” Reuters reports.

The Right Sector labeled the news “propaganda,” with radical organizations spokesman, Artem Skoropadsky, telling Interfax-Ukraine that if there are any Right Sector members in Russia they aren’t plotting attacks.

Comments (105)


Andrew Jennings 05.04.2014 09:11

The 'evidence' is pure fabrication.
Act ually it's rather lame by Russian standards.

What worked for Putin in the past could cerainly work for him again and relishing diversionary tactics to create either fear, unrest of chaos, Putin certainly will up the ante internally prior to Ukraine's May election.

B lowing up a few apartment blocks killing 300 Russian simpletons (and blaming of course Ukrainian 'fascists') may satiate his loss somewhat, of what he thought was in the bag.

He would need to ensure that the FSB this time around are more careful. Hint - RDX explosives, apartment block, Ryazan.


Keith Moss 04.04.2014 19:35

joe simopoulos 04.04.2014 09:51

Evidence tell me where is the evidence?


The evidence is arrested.
More is coming, the EU and USA are recruiting on this moment also in Russia, keep your ears and eyes open. And report all suspicious actions by your local police.


Norma Brown 04.04.2014 12:45

children's photography -- that wouldn't be pornography, would it?

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