Accused in the so-called “Ukrainian saboteurs” case Andrei Zahtej’s lawyer Alexander Popkov announced that his client had written an application to renounce his Russian citizenship, received in Crimea in 2014.
“I do not want to be a citizen of this country any longer due to the trumped up felony charge against me and my heavy disappointment with the judicial and law enforcement system of Russia, as well as with the absence of democratic values and the rule of law,” said Zahtej’s statement.
Popkov also explained that Zahtej had both the Russian and the Ukrainian citizenship.
As previously reported, in August 2016 the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia announced the prevention of terrorist acts in Crimea, allegedly prepared by the Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
The FSB also stated about the supposed “elimination of an intelligence network of the Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine” and the detention of intelligence officer Evgeny Panov on the territory of Crimea.
The name of another detainee “subversive” was known later. He was builder from Yevpatoria Andrey Zahtej. The third “saboteur” Redvan Suleymanov had been arrested three weeks before the FSB’s statement on the “terrorist attacks”.