The head of the Ulyanovsk logistics company TEK-34, Oleg Antipov, who was arrested in connection with the explosion on the Crimean Bridge in October 2022, went on a hunger strike. He demands that the criminal prosecution be stopped. This was reported by the human rights project “First Department”.
The explosion on the Crimean Bridge occurred on October 8, 2022. According to investigators, a bomb that was being transported by one of the trucks exploded. The car belonged to Antipov’s company, but instead of a bomb, it was supposed to transport 23 tons of construction film to Crimea. When Antipov learned about the explosion, he immediately called the FSB in St. Petersburg, after which he went there personally to convey all the information to the investigation.
Antipov received gratitude from the FSB, but the next day after the special service visited his home, a search was carried out. A few days later, on October 14, security forces again came to Antipov and detained him. The next day he was sent to a pre-trial detention center on charges of terrorism. At the meeting to select a preventive measure, the investigator argued that Antipov’s involvement in the explosion “is confirmed by the testimony of witnesses, protocols of investigative actions, the results of operational search activities and other evidence.”
At the time of writing the news, Antipov has been on a hunger strike for the third day. On October 15 it will be a year since he was sent to pre-trial detention.