In Prague, at the request of Ukraine, Russian citizen Alexander Franchetti, who participated in the annexation of Crimea to Russia, was detained

Czech police detained Russian citizen Alexander Franchetti, one of the participants in the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014, at the Prague airport.

RIA Novosti was informed about his arrest by the head of the working group on international legal issues at the permanent representation of the Crimea under the President of the Russian Federation, Alexander Molokhov. He called Franchetti “a famous hero of the Crimean Spring” and noted that Ukraine had brought charges against him.

The Czech police confirmed that Alexander Franchetti was detained “on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by Ukraine.” The Russian Embassy in Prague told RBC that a representative of the consular department of the embassy had left for the detainee.

As the Czech edition of iRozhlas reported in 2019, Alexander Franchetti is a Russian citizen who has been living in Prague since 2000 and working as a fitness trainer.

According to the publication, Franchetti in 2014 participated in the annexation of Crimea to Russia. He arrived on the peninsula two days before the start of the conflict and formed the paramilitary group North Wind, whose members monitored the safety of power lines, gas pipelines and the movement of cars. The group was subordinate to officers of the Russian army, iRozhlas argued.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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