7 March, 12:36

Russia opens criminal case against Ukraine nationalist over links with terrorist Basaev

Vladimir Markin

Vladimir Markin

Vladimir Markin

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal inquiry against the coordinator of Ukraine's Right Sector ultra-nationalistic movement, Oleksandr Muzychko, who is suspected of involvement in acts of banditry targeting Russian federal forces in Chechnya in the 1990s, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.  Ukrainian citizen Oleksandr Muzychko nicknamed Sashko Bily was put on international wanted list on suspicions of killing Russian servicemen.

Muzychko has been accused of "killing at least 20 soldiers of federal forces held in captivity," Markin said.

"Today Muzychko was named as a defendant and was put on international wanted list. A petition to put him in custody was filed in Yessentuki city court in southern Russia’s Stavropol territory," spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said on Friday.

The Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Oleksandr Muzychko for participation in combat actions on the side of Chechen warlords Khattab and Basayev against Russian servicemen, spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin reported.

"Main investigative department of the Russian Investigative Committee in the North Caucasian Federal District opened a criminal case against Ukrainian citizen Oleksandr Muzychko, nicknamed Sashko Bily, under Article 209 Part 1 of Russian Criminal Code for formation of a gang to attack Russian citizens and rule it," Markin said.

"This criminal case was opened over information obtained in investigation of the clash between illegal armed units led by warlords Shamil Basayev and Khattab and servicemen of the Pskov airborne division near village Ulus-Kert in Chechnya in 2000," he added.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, TASS

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