22 may / 2018

FSB revealed the activity of an extremist group in Crimea

According to the information of the Federal Security Service (FSB), FSB and the Russian Interior Ministry have revealed the activity of an extremist group in Crimea that had been created by an aide to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada member of parliament M.Dzhemilev, as ordered by R.Chubarov, who is the leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, which is outlawed in Russia, and is on the wanted list, with support fr om the Ukrainian Security Service.

Apart from Veliyev, former boxers Steshenko and Tretyakov are also members of the group that was formed in Kharkov. The extremists planned to commit crimes based on political hatred with a goal to threaten the pro-Russian Crimean Tatars and stoke national tensions on the territory of the Republic of Crimea.

In January 2018, members of the extremist group set Crimean mufti Emirali Ablayev’s house on fire with Molotov cocktails. They were promised 500 dollars for each event carried out in Crimea. In April, one of the extremist group members - Steshenko - was detected when entering the territory of Crimea wh ere he had been sent by Veliyev to prepare and commit provocations in the run-up to an anniversary of the signing of the law "On the measures to rehabilitate the Armenian, Bulgarian, Greek, Crimean Tatar and German peoples and on state support for their resurgence and developent" by the Russian president. A criminal case was launched under Part 2 Article 167 of the Russian Criminal Code ("Deliberate destruction or damage to property inflicted in a dangerous way") over the arson of an Interior Ministry facility in Crimea.

Investigators from the Federal Security Service Directorate for Crimea and Sevastopol launched criminal cases for offences under Parts 1 and 1.1 Article 282.1 of the Russian Criminal Code ("Establishment of an extremist group and recruitment of people for activity in an extremist group") against Veliyev and under Part 2 Article 282.1 ("Participation in an extremist group") against Steshenko and Tretyakov.

Extremist group members Veliyev and Tretyakov were sentenced in absentia under the corresponding Criminal Code articles. Both were put on the federal wanted list.