Russian citizen Franchetti arrested in Prague over involvement in Crimea's annexation: Ukraine, Czechia collaborated on the issue

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Canan Kevser
13 September 2021, 14:36
Canan Kevser
13 September 2021, 14:36

Aleksandr Franchetti, a Russian citizen wanted by Kyiv on an international arrest warrant for his involvement in Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea back in 2014, was captured in Prague.

Ukraine has confirmed it requested that Czech authorities detain Franchetti. He was captured at Prague's international airport on September 12.

Oleh Nikolenko

"The detention was the result of coordinated actions of Ukrainian and Czech law enforcement agencies to bring Aleksandr Franchetti to justice for a number of crimes against our state, including the participation in the Russian occupation of Crimea," Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko announced on Monday, September 13.

Franchetti was an active participant in the events in Crimea in 2014. Just days before Russia’s military occupation of the region, Franchetti created a paramilitary formation called North Wind, which helped seize power lines and gas pipelines.

Aleksandr Franchetti

In an interview posted on YouTube, Franchetti said he acted in coordination with Russia’s naval command at the Crimean port of Sevastopol.