Russian Security Service (FSB) stated that it has deported a man, allegedly, Ukraine’s SBU agent who planned to collect information about Russia’s military forces in Crimea, as Radio Liberty reported.
“The FSB's directorate in the southwestern Voronezh region said on January 16 that Leonid Kaplun was detained while entering the region from neighboring Ukraine. It said he was deported later in the day and barred from entering Russia for 20 years,” the news agency reads.
FSB reported that he was not charged with espionage, as he was not able to conduct his alleged mission. Kaplun said he worked for a transportation company and visited Crimea often.
Russia annexed Crimea after the illegal referendum was held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the civilized countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.