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Security Service of Ukraine chief arrested in absentia in Russia: Maliuk responds

Security Service of Ukraine chief arrested in absentia in Russia: Maliuk responds Photo: Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Maliuk (facebook com SecurSerUkraine)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The Basmanny Court of Moscow "remanded" the head of the Security Service of Ukraine in absentia, accusing him of "calling for a terrorist attack." Vasyl Maliuk has already responded to this decision of the aggressor country's court.

Read what the Moscow court decided and how the SSU head reacted to it in the RBC-Ukraine report.

Sources used: Moscow Courts of General Jurisdiction, Russian media, and the RBC-Ukraine's source.

Thus, Moscow's so-called judiciary accuses Maliuk under paragraph b of part 3 of Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Public calls for terrorist activities, public justification of terrorism, or propaganda of terrorism).

"By the decision of the Basmanny District Court of Moscow, a preventive measure in the form of detention for 2 months was imposed on Maliuk Vasyl Vasylovych," the court's press service reports.

According to media reports, the preliminary charges are the organization of a truck explosion on the Crimean Bridge in 2022.

At the same time, Russia wants to count the term from the moment Maliuk is extradited to the aggressor country or detained on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Maliuk's reaction

The head of the SSU notes that the Kremlin pocket judges' decision to arrest is not worthy of any attention.

"I, like all Ukrainians, am interested in only one court - the one of their master Putin. We are doing everything in our power to see this war criminal on the bench in The Hague as soon as possible," he emphasizes.

Kerch Bridge

The Ukrainian Defense Forces have been attacked on the Crimean Bridge.

One of them took place on October 8, 2022. In addition to the explosion, a massive fire broke out. The second explosion on the Kerch Bridge occurred in the summer of 2023.

After the first time, dictator Putin ordered the creation of a government commission to investigate the incident on the Crimean Bridge and called it a "terrorist attack." Almost immediately, the Russian Federation claimed that the Crimean Bridge explosion could have been a special operation by the Security Service of Ukraine.

As SSU head Maliuk noted earlier this year, Ukraine managed to hit the Crimean Bridge twice - in October 2022 and July 2023. Thanks to engineers and the military, Ukraine will continue to hit the bridge's structures.

Moreover, the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine constantly reminds us that the Crimean Bridge is a legitimate target for Ukraine's strikes. In an interview with RBC-Ukraine in early November last year, DIU representative Andrii Yusov repeated this thesis, noting that the Crimean Bridge remains a legitimate military target of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.