Ukraine expels Kadyrov’s plenipotentiary for fake passport and collecting information on pro-Ukrainian Chechens

Ukraine expels Kadyrov’s plenipotentiary for fake passport and collecting information on pro-Ukrainian Chechens
Ramzan Kadyrov and Ramzan Tsitsulaev

The details of the extradition from Ukraine of the former plenipotentiary representative of the Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, Ramzan Tsitsulaev, detained by Russian security officials in the Bryansk region in the criminal case on fraud the day before, have come to light.⁠

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) expelled Ramzan Tsitsulaev, declared wanted in the Russian Federation in 2015, to Russia for "his actions threatened the national security of the country," the official statement of the SBU reads.

In particular, the SBU operatives recorded that "during his illegal stay in the country, Tsitsulaev collected information about the activities of pro-Ukrainian natives from Chechnya, who took part in Kiev's anti-terrorist operation in the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions."

That said, the SBU calls Tsitsulaev "the authorized representative of the president of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, who was in charge of implementation of his policy in Ukraine." The former emissary of Kadyrov, who was hiding in Chechnya for a long time and came to Ukraine to his family, set foot in the country with a false Russian passport, the report says.

The detention of Ramzan Tsitsulaev in the Bryansk region became known yesterday. As reported by Rosbalt, the Alfa detachment of SBU brought him to the border and reported on the undesirability of his staying in the country. On the Russian side, he was detained by Russian law enforcers and convoyed to Moscow, where he is currently in Matrosskaya Tishina detention center.

Russia has had the former emissary of the Head of Chechnya on the wanted list since 2015. A year earlier, Tsitsulaev became a defendant in a criminal case on major Swindling (Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) and Use of Violence Against a Representative of the Power (Art. 318 of the Criminal Code). In addition, the investigating authorities also intend to charge the former official with Abduction (Art. 126 of the Criminal Code) and Extortion (Art. 163 of the Criminal Code).

The case papers indicate Ramzan Tsitsulaev received over 50 thousand euros from the wife of arrested entrepreneur Andrey Novikov, promising her to arrange the release of her husband, but in fact misinformed with the intent to commit fraud. During the operation to detain Tsitsulaev in Moscow with red-handed, his personal security guards resisted law enforcement officers. During the transfer of money, Tsitsulaev's guards were beating Moscow Criminal Intelligence operatives while the former plenipotentiary himself left the building through the back door and melted into thin ait.

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