In Crimea, the personal guard of the organizer of the blockade of the peninsula was detained

In Crimea, the personal bodyguard of businessman Lenur Islyamov, convicted in absentia in Russia, was detained. According to investigators, the detainee participated in the food blockade in Ukraine


FSB officers, together with border guards, detained in Crimea a citizen of Ukraine, the personal bodyguard of the former Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea, Lenur Islyamov, who was sentenced in Russia to 19 years for organizing an energy blockade of the peninsula in 2015. This was reported in the press service of the regional department of the FSB, TASS reports.

A citizen of Ukraine born in 1991 was suspected of participating in the activities of the illegal armed group “Battalion named after. Noman Chelebidzhikhan» (recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia), “acting on the territory of a foreign state for purposes contrary to the interests” Russia.

“It was established that the detainee, being a member of an illegal armed formation on the territory of Ukraine, participated directly in the food blockade and other illegal actions in the border areas, and also personally carried out armed guards for Lenur Islyamov,” — the message says.

Islyamov— owner of the Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR. From April to May 2014, he served as Deputy Prime Minister in the government of Crimea, then was dismissed, after which he left the peninsula and took Ukrainian citizenship. He also has Russian citizenship. In 2015, the court arrested Islyamov's property, and a year later he was declared bankrupt. Since 2016, he has been on the federal wanted list in Russia.

According to investigators, in November 2015, Islyamov developed a plan to undermine power lines in the Kherson region that transmitted electricity to the Crimea and Sevastopol. As a result of the explosion of power transmission towers, all life support facilities in Sevastopol and 876 settlements of the republic were disconnected from the power supply. The energy system of Crimea has been working in an isolated mode for more than a week, since the supply of electricity from Ukraine has completely stopped. According to the authorities of the peninsula, the damage due to the energy blockade amounted to 1 billion rubles, and the lost benefits— RUB 1.5 billion

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In December 2020, the Supreme Court of Crimea found the businessman guilty of organizing an energy blockade of the peninsula in 2015 and sentenced him in absentia to 19 years in a strict regime colony. The businessman's defense said that he did not recognize this decision and would appeal against it.

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