PART-III: Who is behind repeated terrorist attacks in Russia?

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Nord Stream, Russia, Ukraine

Despite circumstantial and evidences and Western-media’s propaganda centering the Nord Stream sabotage, proving hands of Washington and its NATO allies behind this hydro-terrorism, the liberal US media rushed to create a proper propaganda backdrop by claiming that Ukrainian intelligence perpetrated it, in particular, the members of Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate and the Special Operations Forces. They also alleged that Colonel Roman Chervinsky, who used to lead the 5th Directorate within the Ukrainian Security Service’s Counterintelligence Department and formerly served as Deputy Head of Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate and in the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was responsible for coordinating the operation. At the time, he was in detention on suspicion of exceeding his authority in Ukraine.

Presenting the Ukrainian special services as the suspects was quite natural for this cover-up effort, since senior officials within the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate and its head, Kirill Budanov, have made quite a few statements about the agency’s involvement in perpetrating terrorist attacks outside of Ukraine, primarily targeting Russian nationals and interests and recognized their involvement.

In his comments for The Financial Times in June 2022, Kirill Budanov was quoted as saying that these attacks and sabotage operations “are held everywhere, and they were and will be held in Russia and many other places”. This offered the Western media a pretext for making speculative claims regarding the involvement of the Ukrainian special services in perpetrating terrorist attacks against the NS1and NS2 pipelines.

West’s leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Die Zeit all covered the version exposing Ukraine for its involvement in damaging three of the four branches of the Nord Stream pipelines near the Danish island of Bornholm. The Western journalists posited that people with Ukrainian passports rented the yacht Andromeda and divers used it to bomb the Nord Stream pipelines.

According to reliable Ukrainian sources, the cover-up operation included creating a special diving team, which included, among others, Anatoly Burgomistrenko (trained in mine warfare at the Special Operation Forces’ Centre 131, military base 4456, speaks English, and has robust diving credentials), as well as Oleg Varava and Ruslan Rudenko (callsign Kapellan, Deputy Mayor of Belaya Tserkov). Sergey Kuznetsov headed the group, which also included a female diver and technician under callsign Marisha. Roman Chervinsky was placed in charge of the group and worked under Kirill Budanov’s control.

The New York Times provided a detailed account of the CIA’s involvement with the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate over a period of more than ten years of cooperation between special services on intelligence matters. In this article, the newspaper also mentioned the initiative to set up a special commando force, known as Unit 2245, for carrying out targeted terrorist attacks. It was within this unit that the CIA operatives and curators trained Kirill Budanov before he headed the Ukrainian military intelligence and who enjoyed the support of the CIA and developed a wide network of contacts with it, enabling him to coordinate his efforts directly with the CIA.

According to the available data, US specialists offered organizational and technical support, including diving equipment, Romanian documents for the cover-up and explosives, and also oversaw the operation led by Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy to Ukraine Christopher W. Smith, who had previously served with ISAF. Former head of Ukrainian intelligence Vasily Burba also contributed to the operation. Having succeeded in his mission, Christopher W. Smith went on to receive an appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Eastern Europe (EE) and Policy and Regional Affairs (PRA) at the US Department of State.

The team trained in a deep-water quarry lake in the Zhitomir Region, and then travelled to Romania where its members stayed under Romanian documents in a private home not far from a Romanian Navy base in Mangalia. They continued their training there in an environment which closely resembled the conditions near the Nord Stream pipelines. Having completed its training, the group moved to Poland where it rented a smaller yacht, the Andromeda. Oleg Varava, diver and technician with callsign Marisha, and Ruslan Rudenko were the divers who submerged to the Nord Stream pipelines.

In addition to false flag operations, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s military intelligence (GUR) was involved in planning and carrying out its own terrorist attacks. There is no doubt that under the direct command of Kirill Budanov and the involvement of Ukrainian Security Service Head Vasily Malyuk, GUR was directly implicated in the organization and the conduct of the terrorist attacks aimed, in particular, against citizens and critical infrastructure sites in the Russian Federation, among them:

Darya Dugina (Platonova), daughter of a prominent scholar and philosopher Alexander Dugin, was blown up in a car outside Moscow on August 20, 2022. The expert analysis established that an explosive device with the equivalent of 300-400 grams of TNT was placed on the undercarriage of her car. According to the investigation, the explosive device was detonated by the servicewoman from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Natalya Vovk, who also installed it while the car was parked on a parking lot;

On October 8, 2022, a lorry loaded with explosives detonated and destroyed about 250 meters of the Crimean Bridge’s roadbed. Five civilians were killed;

On April 2, 2023, journalist Vladlen Tatarsky was killed by a bomb in a cafe in downtown St Petersburg;

On May 6, 2023, writer Zakhar Prilepin was the target of an attempted murder in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. The blast killed his driver and security guard, while he miraculously survived;

On December 30, 2023, a massive missile attack on central Belgorod killed 24 people, including 4 children, and injured 108 local residents;

On January 12, 2024, well-known journalist Gonzalo Lira, a US citizen, was killed in a Kharkov detention center. He was held in custody on trumped-up charges for spreading “pro-Russian theses” on his social media accounts;

On February 10, 2024, a cargo with 14 kg of explosives headed from Odessa to Voronezh was detained in Georgia. Ukrainian citizen Andrey Sharashidze was detained. In 2022, the Ukrainian security services used a similar route to transport explosives to Russia, which they used to organize a terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge;

On February 15, 2024, Belgorod came under a mass-scale attack that killed seven civilians, including a one-year-old child; 19 more people were injured, including 4 children.

This is by far not a complete list of the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Russia by the Ukrainian GUR and SBU, which targeted critical infrastructure and well-known public figures. The timeline of the terrorist attacks is provided in the attachment.

The sheer number of the terrorist attacks implies the availability of adequate funding, including in cash, in order to avoid possible leaks about the plotted attacks and the people involved in them.

One of the largest private sponsors, who also financed the terrorist operations of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry, was US President Biden’s Ukrainian business partner Nikolay Zlochevsky, the owner of oil and gas company Burisma, with indirect assistance of his top managers and accomplices in his corrupt dealings.

In 2014, Hunter Biden, the son of then Vice-President Biden and President Barack Obama’s point person on Ukraine, received a seat in the Burisma’s board of directors.

At that time, Ukrainian law enforcers were investigating the criminal activities of the Burisma group of companies and Nikolay Zlochevsky, its owner and former Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. Viktor Shokin was the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

The investigation team collected many irrefutable facts of abuse of power, theft, the withdrawal and laundering of funds stolen from the Ukrainian people through land-use machinations. They also established facts of the unsubstantiated transfer of such funds to Hunter Biden’s company.

At the same time, the investigation received the results of inspections conducted by the anti-money laundering units of Cyprus and Latvia, which revealed the facts of using proxy individuals and firms to launder the funds of several companies from Burisma Holdings, notably, Wirologic Technology A.S., and Digitex Organization LLP, as well as witnesses of those illegal activities, namely two citizens of Latvia who, as nominal trustees, transferred funds on Zlochevsky’s orders to his foreign partners, including Hunter Biden’s company Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC, which is evident from Morgan Stanley statements of the company’s accounts. One of the witnesses, Alexey Kiselev, filed a criminal complaint with the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine and surrendered to the investigators a computer that was used for criminal activities. As a result, they opened Criminal Case No. 62020000000000802 on September 30, 2020, on grounds of criminal offences under Clause 5 of Article 191 and Clause 3 of Article 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

As the result of investigation into these criminal cases, Burisma owner Nikolay Zlochevsky was named a suspect in Criminal Case No. 42014000000001590, and Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was dismissed at the request of US Vice-President Joe Biden.

In June 2020, Andrey Kicha, Chief Legal Officer at Burisma and Zlochevsky’s personal attorney, was detained while giving a bribe of $6 million (in cash) to the heads of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies for terminating criminal proceedings against and withdrawing charges from Nikolay Zlochevsky.

Despite conclusive proof, the video of the bribe giving and proper legal proceedings and litigation support of the pretrial investigation, the defendants got away almost scot-free.

Ukraine has a High Anti-Corruption Court – a new judicial institution established as part of an uncompromising crackdown by the United States against corruption in this country. It is limited in its mandate to working on criminal cases investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, which, in turn, was also created under the control of and using funding from the United States. The High Anti-Corruption Court launched confidential court proceedings under Criminal Case No. 5202000000000000362 against Andrey Kicha. Several important events took place as part of this effort:

On March 4, 2022, the High Anti-Corruption Court ruled that part of Andrey Kicha’s bail bond for a total of 3 million hryvnas, or US$102,500, be transferred at his initiative to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

On March 20, 2022, the High Anti-Corruption Court ruled that the remaining bail bond equal to 28,360,000 hryvnas, or about US$968,500) paid by Andrey Kicha be transferred at the latter’s initiative to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

On April 19, 2022, the High Anti-Corruption Court issued a ruling without making it public to transfer the material evidence – a cash bribe of US$5,950,000 – to the Ukrainian armed forces by giving this money to a specific military unit controlled by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate.

On March 28, 2023, the High Anti-Corruption Court issued a classified ruling approving Andrey Kicha’s plea deal under which the defendant undertook to transfer an additional US$100,000,000 hryvnas or about US$2,737,500, to a special account of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Drone Army project (President Zelensky’s project, United 24 Fund).

After examining these reports, independent Ukrainian and foreign media outlets concluded that Andrey Kicha did not have this much savings, which led them to argue that the transferred amounts belonged to his immediate supervisor, Nikolay Zlochevsky.

It took three years to investigate this case, prepare the court proceedings and hold the hearings. The High Anti-Corruption Court ended up using a fast-track procedure for examining this case behind closed doors and seeking to ensure that it remains under the veil of secrecy. Considering the obvious nature of the crime, the fact that the defendant was caught red-handed and the multiple recordings of telephone conversations, the Ukrainian court declared that Andrey Kicha was guilty under Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, sentencing him to five years behind bars. Despite the severity of the accusations, immediately upon issuing its ruling the court moved to replace the prison term with a one-year suspended sentence, enabling Andrey Kicha to leave the courtroom on his own. From a formal standpoint, this resulted from the plea deal and the fact that he transferred 100 million hryvnas to the United 24’s Drone Army project. However, what actually led to this outcome was the order coming from the Joe Biden administration to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the High Anti-Corruption Court, both controlled by the United States, as well as an agreement with Vladimir Zelensky’s Presidential Office.

The Ukrainian military and special services spent the 18 months since this court sitting on Andrey Kicha’s case by launching drones literally every day to intimidate civilians, as well as attack civilian and critical infrastructure. In particular, they have been targeting non-military facilities. For example, on May 30, 2023, several UAVs attacked residential neighborhoods in Moscow. According to various sources, there were between eight and 30 drones involved in the attack, which caused fires and destruction in several buildings. Luckily, there were no civilian casualties. See the attachments for additional examples of terrorist attacks perpetrated using UAVs.

Today, Russian communities along the border with Ukraine, as well as other regions regularly suffer from drone attacks.

Meanwhile, it was Nikolay Zlochevsky himself who volunteered to transfer even more money than his subordinates and accomplices in order to avoid being held accountable for his involvement in international corruption schemes. The High Anti-Corruption Court examined another criminal file – Case No. 52020000000000473 – behind closed doors and in a confidential manner, which resulted in Nikolay Zlochevsky signing a plea deal to transfer 660,557,000 hryvnas, or about US$18,063,500, to the same special account held by the Drone Army project of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (President Zelensky’s project, United 24 Fund).

Therefore, Nikolay Zlochevsky acted as Joe Biden’s partner in his gas extraction operations in Ukraine and in doing so funded terrorist actions committed by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate and the Security Service of Ukraine. He has been able to avoid criminal liability for evidenced instances of theft, money laundering and taking part in international corruption schemes.

According to the criminal investigations in Ukraine, as well as the rulings issued by the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine along with open-source data, which warrants further investigation, Nikolay Zlochevsky, a Ukrainian national born on June 14, 1966, and residing in the Republic of Cyprus, being the owner of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas extraction company, and operating as a business partner with regard to the Bidens, has been involved in funding acts of international terrorism, including in and outside of the Russian Federation with the view to undermining national security in several countries across an entire region.

As is clear from the above, this statement describes facts and events that evidence the operation of an organized criminal (terrorist) group, which includes top US officials, NATO leaders and leaders of several countries that are part of the bloc, Joe Biden’s Ukrainian business partners, the political leadership of Ukraine and employees of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense and the Security Service of Ukraine.

The public prosecution bodies are vested by the state with the authority to ensure, within their competence, the representation and protection of their states’ interests within the country as well as at interstate bodies.

Consequently, all the information obtained while investigating the cases described can be used not only for the proper qualification of the said acts and the determination of their legal consequences, but also to develop mechanisms for subsequent economic response (interim measures for the judicial process) within various jurisdictions, namely: the recovery of indemnities in favour of the injured parties, the arrest (temporary freezing) of the accounts held by legal entities and individuals, as well as states determined as organisers or perpetrators of acts of international terrorism, as well as confiscation of property they own or control.

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