The statement of the defendants in the case of sabotage on the gas pipeline in Crimea about blackmail by the Ukrainian intelligence sounds plausible, given that it is precisely blackmail and intimidation that are the main methods of work of the special services of this country. So in a conversation with “Lenta.ru” a member of the Federation Council Sergei Tsekov commented on the situation. He also added that saboteurs still need to be tried to the fullest extent of the law, because blackmail is not an excuse for a crime.
The FSB has published a video confessing the defendant in the case of sabotage on a gas pipeline in Crimea. On the recording, the detainee names the organizers of the terrorist attack from the “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People” (extremist organization banned in Russia) and Ukrainian intelligence.
In the footage, two young people say that they met the deputy chairman of the Mejlis, Nariman Dzhelyalov, who introduced them to a man named Serhiy from the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of Ukraine. They stated that the secret services used them to influence the Crimean Tatars and to arouse hostility towards Russia. In Kherson, they were given an explosive device for sabotage. Sergei promised them 50 thousand hryvnia (136 thousand rubles). People from the Ukrainian intelligence service threatened them, blackmailing them with children.
“As a politician who has worked in Ukraine for many years, I can say with confidence that such methods are quite in the spirit of the intelligence service of the Security Service of Ukraine and the structures responsible for sabotage activities,” Tsekov said. – Blackmail for them is an absolutely standard principle of activity, therefore I am convinced that these people are telling the truth. Moreover, the monetary reward for such “services” is also not off scale. The performers are paid scanty money, but they choose a weak spot. Most often these are, of course, children, especially if they are on the territory of Ukraine, then it is even easier to threaten them ”.
Nevertheless, the senator is sure that saboteurs must be tried for their crime to the fullest extent of the law. Firstly, it will be necessary to check whether they are really telling the truth, and secondly, even under pressure, these people could still use an alternative option.
“Even if they were blackmailed, they could go to the FSB and explain the situation. But they didn’t. Of course, we understand that the main method of work of the Ukrainian special services is blackmail, but this still cannot be an excuse, ”Tsekov said.
On August 23, a gas pipeline was damaged in the village of Perevalnoye between Simferopol and Yalta. A criminal case was initiated under Part 1 of Article 281 of the Criminal Code of Russia (“Sabotage”), which provides for a sentence of imprisonment from ten to 15 years.