Former Ukrainian MP: Russia has been preparing for the annexation of Crimea since 2005

russian separatists in Crimea

Former Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Leonid Grach, who is now leader of the Crimean branch of the Communists of Russia political party, said that the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia had begun to prepare the annexation of Crimea back in 2005, after the Orange Revolution in Ukraine.

Grach told in an interview to the Meduza Russian edition, that a significant role in the preparation of the annexation of Crimea had been played by Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev, who was the FSB Director in 2005.

“This is the only man in Moscow who did not talk small… He is the only one who not only deeply saw the real developments led to what resulted, but really made his personal contribution to that we could rebel here,” said Grach.

Grach did not mention the details of what exactly had been done by Patrushev, but noted that in 2005 he (Patrushev) had “understood everything first, while the others had been playing games”.

Besides, according to Grach, Patrushev “assisted the Crimean activists”, who were trying to torpedo a NATO-Ukraine joint exercise in 2008.

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