The Kiev district court of annexed Simferopol arrested for two months a 46-year-old resident of Yalta, suspected of an attempt on the life of ex-Verkhovna Rada deputy and pro-Russian activist Oleg Tsarev. Interfax and RIA Novosti reported this with reference to sources.
The name of the attacker is not known. He is charged with encroachment on the life of a statesman or public figure (Article 277 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
The man was detained on October 31 by FSB officers. According to the intelligence services, the suspect equipped a “cache with weapons of destruction in the apartment, which were later used in the assassination attempt.” In a confessional video, the man said that in February 2023 he was allegedly recruited by Ukrainian special services to organize an assassination attempt on Tsarev.
The FSB also reported that during the search the suspect was found with a photo of Tsarev, “schemes of approaches to his places of residence and work,” a homemade explosive device and components for its manufacture, as well as “means of secret communication with Ukrainian curators.”
The assassination attempt on Oleg Tsarev became known on October 27. According to the chairman of the “We are together with Russia” movement, Vladimir Rogov, unknown people shot at the politician, and he was hospitalized in intensive care in serious condition. On October 31, RIA Novosti wrote that Tsarev’s condition was assessed as satisfactory.
Oleg Tsarev is a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of several convocations, former deputy head of the Party of Regions faction. He left Ukraine in 2014. He recently lived in Russian-annexed Crimea and took part in political talk shows. A court in Ukraine sentenced him in absentia to 12 years in prison for public calls for changing the boundaries of the territory and state border of Ukraine and forcibly changing and overthrowing the constitutional order. He recently criticized the Russian authorities for the fact that Mariupol is being restored by guest workers, but local residents are not given jobs.
Attempts on officials who cooperate with Russia on the territory of Ukraine have been reported more than once. Kyiv does not directly take responsibility for this.
Some of the Russian-appointed officials died. On September 16, 2022, the “Prosecutor General” of the so-called “LPR” Sergei Gorenko was killed in an explosion in Lugansk. On August 26 last year in Berdyansk, Alexander Kolesnikov, the “deputy chief of the city traffic police” appointed by the Russian Federation, died as a result of an explosion. Three days later, MP from the Servant of the People party Alexei Kovalev, who defected to Russia during the war and served as deputy chairman for agriculture in the Moscow-appointed regional government, was found dead. He had a gunshot wound to the head.