The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case against a Russian citizen Dmitriy Fedotov, who fought in the Ukrainian battalion Aidar. It is reported by the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee.
“"A criminal case against Dmitry Fedotov is opened on the grounds of an offense under Part 3 of Article 359 of the Criminal Code of Russian Federation (participation of mercenary in armed conflict or military operations)," the report says.
According to investigators Fedotov arrived in Kyiv to participate in the protests in April 2014. He resided in the town of Kingisepp of Leningrad region before that, he has a wife and two young children.
Fedotov passed special and diversionary training at the battalion Aidar, the Investigative Committee declared. The training was, "under the guidance of US instructors," and the Russian participated allegedly "for the purpose of material enrichment" as a part of the battalion in combat operations against the militants of so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" in 2015, Russian investigators also claim.
"During investigations of a criminal case places of residence of the suspect were searched, as well as in St. Petersburg, Leningrad, Arkhangelsk and Omsk regions, during which the seized objects and documents relevant for criminal proceedings were taken," the report says.
Now the Investigative Committee is trying to ascertain the whereabouts Fedotov.
Earlier the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation convicted four battalion commanders of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This was reported on the site of Russia’s Investigative Committee.