As reported by Censor.NET, SBU operatives found that the Russian secret services hired a ring of residents of the Kharkiv region led by a former police officer to bring the dissident to the territory of the Russian Federation.
Previously, the perpetrators occasionally committed crimes on the territory of the Russian Federation. They had criminal records for violent crimes committed in Ukraine and were brought to administrative responsibility in Russia.
The ring leader paid $23,000 to the local criminals for doing the ‘dirty’ job of abducting the Russian at his home and taking him to the pre-agreed location in the Kharkiv region. The dozed abductee was to be subsequently transported across Ukraine-Russia border to the territory of the Russian Federation and handed over to the secret services.
The SBU counterintelligence agents successfully prevented the abduction in a multi-stage operation involving local police units. The law enforcers detained all the ring members while they were transferring money to the abductors and attempting to smuggle the Russian national out of Ukraine.
$23,000 received from the Russian agents as payment for carrying out the criminal assignment and means of communication with the Russian handlers were seized from the detainees.
The law enforcers intend to serve the perpetrators with charge papers under part 1 of article 111 (high treason) and part 2 of article 146 (unlawful deprivation of liberty or abduction) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and initiate bail hearing.