RIA Novosti learned about the intercepted conversation of an SBU officer about the murder of Zakharchenko He died in August 2018 as a result of an explosion in a cafe in Donetsk
The consequences of the explosion of the Separ cafe, which killed Alexander Zakharchenko
For the assassination of the head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) paid the performer 5 million rubles. SBU officer Alexander Kiyashchenko announced this in a telephone conversation with his agent, whose record was at the disposal of the state RIA Novosti.
“For you to understand, Zakharka [Alexander Zakharchenko] was paid 5 million rubles. I say, 5 million rubles went to the person who performed … $ 2 million— it was the total budget for everything – for preparation, for bookmarking, for so on. And the person who performed it, pressed the key on time, received 5 million rubles.»,— quotes a fragment of the negotiations agency.
Zakharchenko died on August 31, 2018 as a result of an explosion in the Separ cafe. in the center of Donetsk. The head of the republic was wounded and taken to the hospital, where he died. After the explosion, a fire started in the cafe building. As a result, in addition to Zakharchenko, three more people were injured, including Alexander Timofeev, who was then the Minister of Revenue and Duties of the DPR and deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers of the republic. After that, he moved to Russia, where he was under investigation for fraud. Last August, the court sentenced Timofeev to three years and six months in a penal colony.
In the cafe “Separ”, where the attempt was made, informal meetings were held by Zakharchenko, where the head of the DPR he usually had lunch and dinner, his friend told RBC.
The DPR authorities recognized the murder of Zakharchenko as a terrorist act. In May 2019, the new head of the republic, Denis Pushilin, announced that the investigation had established the entire chain of organizers, perpetrators and customers of the murder. According to him, among the latter were “very high-ranking” citizens of Ukraine, as well as citizens of other countries who support Kyiv. Pushilin did not disclose the names of the suspects. According to him, DPR law enforcement agencies detained one of the suspects.
A month later, the names of those involved in the murder of Zakharchenko appeared in the media. In the plot of the TV channel “Russia 1” An anonymous speaker said that the second department of the 5th department of the counterintelligence department of the SBU, in particular, employee Andrei Baidala, nicknamed Shved, is engaged in work in the republic. Together with him, the assistant to the head of the 5th department of the SBU Sergey Motorin, employees Vladislav Dolgovyaz and Andrey Mushta were named as the organizers of the murder of the ex-head of the DPR.
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