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Crimea Investigators Detain "Azov" Batallion Terror Suspect

Crimea Prosecutor Natalia Polonskaya announces suspected terrorist bomb plot on her offices

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According to investigators, a member of the “Azov” volunteer battalion has been detained as a suspect in a plot to set off an explosion at the building of the Republican Prosecutor's office.

In a press statement from her offices, Crimea Prosecutor Natalia Polonskaya said that a member of the notorious “Azov”” battalion national guard has been detained on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack on her offices. The so far unnamed detainee is also suspected of having taken part in the arson of the mosque "Cukurca" in Simferopol. Ms. Polonskaya told reporters:

<figcaption>Natalya Poklonskaya.(RIA Novosti / Andrey Iglov)</figcaption>
Natalya Poklonskaya.(RIA Novosti / Andrey Iglov)

“We are detaining the suspect to prevent any further violent acts until his guilt can be ascertained.”

This most recent arrest comes via joint investigations by the Crimean Prosecutor's office, regional divisions of the SME and of the FSB. According to the prosecutor’s report, a bag with explosives was discovered near the building of the prosecutor's office of the Republic of Crimea in Simferopol in August 2014. The investigation into the attempted terrorist attack was engaged in the Crimean division of the FSB.

Also, about a year ago several Ukrainian citizens including noted film director and screenwriter Oleg Sentsov were implicated in suspected planned attacks on the peninsula. Also suspected back then were members of the "Right Sector" organization banned in Russia, Gennady Afanasiev, Alexei Charnigo and Alexander Kolchenko.

A court in Moscow 25 December found guilty and sentenced to seven years Ukraine historian Oleksiy Chyrni, who pleaded guilty to the charges levied against him. Chyrniy, along with Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and the aforementioned activists Oleksandr Kolchenko and Hennadiy Afanasyev, was arrested in Crimea in May 2014, weeks after Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine via a controversial referendum.


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