The FSB has detained a suspect in work for the special services of Ukraine, who is an employee of one of the structures of Radio Liberty, funded by the US government.
The FSB of Russia in the Republic of Crimea, together with the Crimean police, detained a Russian citizen who is suspected of collecting information about the mass gathering of people on the peninsula on the instructions of the special services of Ukraine. The men also found an improvised explosive device in the car.
According to the Public Relations Center of the FSB of Russia, the man worked for the special services of Ukraine, for this he videotaped places of mass stay of citizens and life support facilities. The detained 51-year-old citizen Vladislav Esipenko himself explained that he was supervised by an officer of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, a certain Colonel Kravchuk, on whose recommendation the Russian made a homemade bomb. He kept it in the car for his own safety.
Whether Esipenko was going to activate an improvised explosive device during arrest is not specified.
Ukrainian documents of the detainee were also found in the car.
At the moment, the man, at the request of the investigation, has been placed under arrest for the period of the investigation.
The Russian Vladislav Esipenko, detained for espionage in Crimea, worked for the Crimean project of the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty – “Crimea.Realii” (recognized as a foreign agent in the Russian Federation).
Crimea.Realii is part of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE / RL), a nonprofit independent media corporation funded by the US Congress through grants from the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM).