Ukraine managed to prevent the kidnapping and the murder of Ilya Bogdanov, the ex-officer of the FSB, the Russian federal secret service. Vasyl Hrytsak, the head of the SBU, Ukraine’s security service, said this at a briefing on Friday.
‘We conducted an operation to disrupt the plans of an organized criminal group, which tried to kidnap and kill the Ukrainian citizen. We got a word that Bogdanov was kidnapped, illegally detained and they planned to move him to Russia. We created a powerful unit, with the aid of SBU Alpha team; we sent them to Kharkiv – that’s where Bogdanov was. We traced them down and detained them. All of the criminals are Ukrainian citizens,’ Hrytsak said.
He added that the National Police already started investigation under several articles – intentional homicide, illegal kidnapping and human trafficking.
The message that Ilya Bogdanov had gone missing appeared on November 12.
Ilya Bogdanov, born in 1988, is a famous blogger who used to serve with Russia's FSB. The participant of the 2003 raid of the Russian army in Dagestan, he served in southern Russia and then in the country's Primorsky territory.
In July 2014, Bogdanov resigned, crossed the Russia-Ukraine border and, after interviews with the Ukraine's Security Service, joined the Ukrainian troops in Donbas. Specifically, Bogdanov joined the Right Sector, the far-right nationalist organization, which sent its own voluntary unit to fight the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The ex-FSB agent led the small unit of the Voluntary Ukrainian Corps of the Right Sector; he participated in the Ilovaisk battle, the battle for Donetsk airport and Pisky (the village in Donetsk region, not far from the destroyed Donetsk airport).