The FSB announced on August 29 the arrest of a Russian citizen suspected of preparing an attack in the Kaluga region. At the same time, in Omsk, another individual was arrested for having set fire to a railway signaling cabinet.
The Russian security services (FSB) announced on August 29 the arrests of two individuals suspected of preparing sabotage actions on Russian soil.
The first was arrested in the Kaluga region, about a hundred kilometers southwest of Moscow. He is accused of having “prepared an attack against one of the sensitive infrastructure sites” in the city of Kaluga, reports the FSB in a press release. According to the investigators, the individual would have entered “on his own initiative” in contact with militants of the Azov regiment who would have given him indications to make an improvised explosive device.
A cache, containing the necessary components as well as communication equipment, was discovered during the arrest, specifies the FSB. Information would also have been discovered “according to which the individual had expressed and confirmed his intentions to leave for Ukraine to take part in hostilities alongside the Ukrainian armed forces in the ranks of the terrorist organization Azov”, adds the press release.
Acts aimed at disrupting the delivery of military equipment
In Omsk, in Western Siberia, the FSB announced the arrest of a “Ukrainian special services agent”. The 21-year-old is accused of setting fire to a railway signal box.
In the video of the interrogation released by federal agents, the young man allegedly admitted to having “offered to help the so-called “Freedom of Russia” legion”, another organization classified as terrorist by Moscow, which would bring together Russian volunteers close to the neo-Nazism within the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
“They gave me instructions and the list of necessary equipment, I set fire to the signal box, I filmed with my phone and I fled”, he develops. Asked about the purpose of these acts of sabotage, the individual indicated that it was “to prevent the material from eastern Russia from reaching the front”.
Cases of fires in signal cabinets have multiplied in recent months in Russia. Last July, similar facts were reported in Ulyanovsk and Saint-Petersburg, causing major rail disruptions.
Since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the FSB regularly announces the arrest of supporters of Ukrainian forces accused of engaging in acts of sabotage or transmitting information on sensitive Russian infrastructure.
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