by Kseniya Kirillova – Journalist. Analyst. Writer.
On Monday of last week, the Security Service of Ukraine officially announced that they thwarted an attempted kidnapping of a Russian citizen who has lived in Ukraine since 2014 when he moved there “in disagreement with the Kremlin’s aggressive policy.” The agency’s website reported that Russian special services hired a group of Kharkov region residents, led by a former police officer, in order to carry out “dirty” work of organizing the kidnapping. The group leader outsourced the kidnapping to local criminals and paid them 23 thousand dollars in advance. The criminals planned to kidnap the immigrant at his place of residence and hand him over to the organizers at the pre-arranged location on the territory of the Kharkov region. The same organizers, in turn, intended to smuggle the victim across the border and then hand him over to the representatives of the Russian special services.
“The SBU would not name the Russian who was supposed to be kidnapped. According to my information, this person, like Bogdanov, had worked for the law enforcement agencies in the past. The very fact of his service in such organizations is what matters, not any important information that he could possess. For Moscow, it was extremely important to demonstrate that they are able to “get the traitor” anywhere. “Traitor” to them is anyone who has ever worked for the state or personally for Putin. Above all, it concerns people in epaulettes who took the oath,” said the former Russian MP.
“Most of Kremlin’s victims had a serious conflict with powerful enemies at the time of their departure. Voronenkov would not have left Russia if, at that time, he didn’t have an active conflict with the FSB general Oleg Feoktistov. Michael Lesin’s departure was motivated by his conflict with the main shareholder of the bank “Russia” Yuri Kovalchuk. Alexander Litvinenko‘s activities put the head of the FSKN Viktor Ivanov at risk. As for the attempt on the lives of Amina Okueva and Adam Osmayev, it seems that initially it was “proactive”: Kadyrov was offered to “get them,” and he agreed. Later, perhaps, it became a matter of honor for him, or maybe his business interests were affected. In any case, due to the abundance of different clients at different levels, it is very difficult to predict who the next victims will be or how they can protect themselves. There is no single logic in all those murders, attempted murders and kidnappings,” lists Ponomarev.
“People on a” low level “can be kidnapped and then put on a show trial. Let’s remember how my assistant Leonid Razvozzhayev was kidnapped from Kiev. In addition, they are easier to negotiate with and they break more easily than public, well-known people. With more serious figures, this does not work, and they are simply killed,” Ilya points out.
“For example, the killer from St. Petersburg Arthur Denisultanov-Kurmakaev, who made the first attempt on Osmaev and Okueva’s lives under the guise of the French journalist Alex Werner, first tried it on me. I met him, but then I sensed danger and stopped all contacts. It is possible that he just decided to make money off of me, finding a suitable target, and then offering his services to potential clients. And it is simply impossible to insure yourself against something like that,” Ilya summed up.
Originally published https://defencereport.com/