Son of Chechen head’s ex-plenipotentiary in Ukraine nabbed carrying "white powder"  

Son of Chechen head’s ex-plenipotentiary in Ukraine nabbed carrying "white powder"
Photo: Informator / Andrey Shmatov

According to sources, the police acted on a tip of Kadyrov's former business partner, with whom they had cooperated until Tsitsulaev Sr. was deported from Ukraine.

The National Police of Ukraine detained a Russian citizen said to be close to Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Kiev. Kommersant reported citing its sources that the detainee’s name is Adam Tsitsulaev, the son of the former Chechen representative in Ukraine.

Tsitsulaev and his two companions were detained on a tip: the police received information that there might be drugs in a certain car. When detained, a "white powdery substance" was found in the driver's pocket. Also, there was a "plastic bag with a white powdery substance" under the seat inside the Totyota Camry with a Moscow number plate of the KRA series (Kadyrov’s initials); the bag was sent for examination.

"The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) received information that people close to Ramzan Kadyrov regime arrived in Ukraine, but since extortion was their goal, the SBU transferred all the information to the National Police, which took the measures in accordance with the law," the ministry said.

The Ukrainian media outlet Informator quoted Ramzan Tsitsulaev’s lawyer as reporting that the police acted on a tip of Kadyrov's former business partner, with whom they had cooperated until Tsitsulaev Sr. was deported from Ukraine. He noted that the son of the former plenipotentiary arrived in Kiev a month ago for talks with Kadyrov’s man. However, the latter was reluctant to share his business with the head of Chechnya and tipped the law enforcers to find Adam Tsitsulaev and his men.

Adam Tsitsulaev is a multiple judo and boxing champion of Ukraine and Europe. He became a Candidate for Master of Sport in judo at the age of 12.

Ramzan Tsitsulaev was detained in 2017 and deported from Ukraine to Russia as "his acts jeopardized the national security of the country." At the same time, the SBU refers to Tsitsulaev as "a confidant of the president of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, who was to implement his policy in Ukraine." Russia issued a red notice for the former emissary in 2015, after Tsitsulaev was charged with major fraud (Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) and resistance to government officials (Art. 318 of the Criminal Code) a year before that. In addition, the investigating authorities intend to charge the former official with kidnapping a person (Art. 126) and extortion (Art. 163).

According to the case file, Ramzan Tsitsulaev received over 50.000 euros from the wife of Andrei Novikov, promising her husband, an entrepreneur, would be released from prison; he lied to her, which was regarded as fraud. During an operation to detain Tsitsulaev red-handed in Moscow, his guards beat the Moscow Crime Unit operatives, while the plenipotentiary left the building through the back door and disappeared.

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