Russia - tit-for-tat

2014-05-30 17:34
 Ukrainians stage a rally to denounce Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his military presence in Ukraine’s Crimea region, in Seoul, South Korea. The Korean word on the poster reads

Ukrainians stage a rally to denounce Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his military presence in Ukraine’s Crimea region, in Seoul, South Korea. The Korean word on the poster reads

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Moscow - Russia's FSB security force said Friday it had detained a group of Ukrainian ultra-nationalists who were plotting "terrorist" attacks targeting Crimea after its annexation by Russia in March.

The FSB, the successor to the KGB, said in a statement that those detained were members of the Right Sector paramilitary group of Ukrainian ultra-nationalists.

"The main aim of this group's criminal activities was to commit terrorist acts of sabotage in the [Crimean] cities of Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol and then to destroy a number of infrastructure buildings, railway bridges and electric power lines," the FSB said.

One of the detainees included Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director, whose detention was sharply criticised by one of Russia's best known film directors, Alexander Sokurov.

"I think this person has nothing to do with terrorist activities," Sokurov told Echo of Moscow radio station adding that Sentsov was in his right to be active politically.

The statement said the four were all facing investigations into "terrorism", organising a "terrorist" group and arms trafficking.

They will be charged shortly, the FSB said.

The FSB said the detained had planned a bomb attack on the Eternal Flame war memorial and a Lenin statue in Crimea's main city of Simferopol on the eve of a 9 May Victory Day holiday.

The group is also alleged to have plotted arson attacks on an NGO and the headquarters of ruling party United Russia in Simferopol.

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