Mazovia Department of the National Prosecutor’s Office of Poland has passed the materials of the case against three Polish citizens, who organized and set the building of the Hungarian Culture Association in Uzhhorod on fire to the court as TVP.info reported.
The perpetrators were accused of terrorism. According to the investigation, they got $252 from the contractor, German journalist, who, probably, acted under the direction of the Russian special services for the arson.
“It was a provocation, which should lead to the deterioration of the Ukrainian-Hungarian relations. It was into the hands of Russia, which is interested in the destabilization of its western neighbor, where the hybrid war in Donbas takes place,” officer of Internal Security Agency, who handled the case, said.
The main suspect in the case is 28-year-old Mikhal P., who held a university degree and is a specialist in the security sphere. He is tied with the neo-fascist organization “Falanga” and pro-Russian party “Zmiana”, which leader Mariusz P. is in the remand center for the third year and suspected in the cooperation with the Russian and Chinese intelligence.
The prosecutors think that Mikhal P. recruited two Poles, Adrian M. and Tomasz Sh. by giving them money for the purchase of the petrol bombs, mobile phones, SIM cards and jackets. The perpetrators should record the video of the arson and send it to him as the evidence of the completion of the task.
Mikhal had to induce five people to the commission of the crime. He refused to plead guilty. However, 22-year-old electrician Adrian agreed to cooperate with the investigation. He told that Mikhal asked to draw swastika and sign “88”, which symbolized slogan “Heil Hitler” at the facade of the Hungarian Culture Association in Uzhhorod during one of their meetings. According to the organizers, such actions should point at the actions of “Ukrainian Banderites”.
Before it, Adrian crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border on January 13, checking whether he would have some problems at the border.
When Mikhal assured that it went well, he began to plan such operation, recruiting 26-year-old interpreter Tomasz, who should film the arson.
He gave 500 euro for the commission of the crime before the trip of two perpetrators and reported: “It is money from Hungarians”, however, he should say “about contractor from the EU”, according to the material.
Both perpetrators went to Ukraine through Polish-Slovak border on February 3. They left their phones at home, taking the mobile phones received from Mikhal.
As we reported in Uzhgorod, a bottle with an incendiary mixture was thrown into the building of the Transcarpathian Union of Hungarians.
The arson at the office happened in small hours of February 26. Units of the State Emergency Service put out the fire after it destroyed furniture and part of the property on an area of 25 square meters.
Later, the Ukrainian ambassador in Budapest was summoned to the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs because of an attack on the office of Hungarian Culture Association.