Russia’s Investigative Committee puts ex-Ukrainian defense chief on wanted list

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MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. Russia’s Investigative Committee requested Moscow’s Basmanny Court to order an arrest in absentia for former Ukrainian Defense Minister Anatoly Gritsenko accused of public calls for terrorist attacks in Russia, the court’s spokeswoman told TASS.

Unona Tsareva added that Gritsenko had been put on a wanted list.

“Moscow’s Basmanny Court received a petition from the investigative agencies asking to arrest A. Gritsenko in absentia. He was put on an international wanted list,” she said without elaborating on the date of the hearing.

According to Tsareva, Gritsenko was charged in absentia with two counts of calling in public and on the Internet to carry out terrorist activity.

According to the investigators, during the livestream of an online conference of the Studio 1+1 TV broadcasting company in 2014 “Gritsenko called in public to carry out terror attacks on Russia’s territory by blowing up railway trains.”

Another criminal probe was opened over Gritsenko’s calls during the broadcast by Channel 112 Ukraine on July 2, 2017 to stage terror attacks in Moscow and Taganrog. In March 2019, Gritsenko ran for president of Ukraine, but could not secure enough votes for the runoff.

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