The Security service of Ukraine (SBU) detained Ramzan Tsitsulaev, former representative of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. The officers brought him to the Russian border, where Russian law enforcers were already waiting to arrest him, Ukrainska Pravda informs.
Tsitsulaev was detained on October 6 in a restaurant in Kyiv. Now he is kept in a detention centre in Moscow. There, according to Russian media Rosbalt, he is accused of fraud and using force against government representatives.
The SBU commented on the arrest, saying that the law enforcers received information on Tsitsulaev’s illegal stay in Ukraine. They noted that after the Euromaidan Revolution, he went back to Grozny, later on returning to Ukraine with a new passport with another person’s data.
The investigative special services found out that during his illegal stay in Ukraine, Tsitsulaev was collecting data of pro-Ukrainians of Chechen origin who participated in the Donbas conflict on the Ukrainian side. One of such fighters, Amina Okueva, was killed near Kyiv this October.
The SBU says they extradited Tsitsulaev to Russia as his activity threatened the national security of Ukraine.
According to the information of the media, Ramzan Tsitsulaev is wanted ever since the unsuccessful attempt to detain him back in November 2014.
Starting 2011, Tsitsulaev represented Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov in Ukraine. In May 2014, he helped release journalists of Russian media LifeNews, who had been detained by the National Guard of Ukraine for spreading fakes about the Donbas conflict.