Ukrainian accused of plotting acts of sabotage in Russia detained in Moscow region - official

A Ukrainian citizen has been detained in the Moscow region on suspicion of plotting to stage acts of sabotage, the Russian president's deputy envoy to the Central Federal District, Vladimir Ovsiyenko, said.

A Ukrainian citizen has been detained in the Moscow region on suspicion of plotting to stage acts of sabotage, the Russian president's deputy envoy to the Central Federal District, Vladimir Ovsiyenko, said.

Large amounts of weapons and ammunition were confiscated from this person.

"Recently we have heard numerous threats from extremist organizations of Ukraine concerning their plans to commit unlawful actions against Russia. As a result of the measures taken by us, a citizen of Ukraine carrying a large amount of weapons and ammunition was detained by law enforcement agencies in the Moscow region, which is located quite far from the [Russian-Ukrainian] border," Ovsiyenko said at a session at the Russian Prosecutor General's Office on Friday.

Investigators are currently working to establish the suspect's concrete plans, he said. When commenting on Ukrainian citizens' migration to Russia, Ovsiyenko said that last year not a single person in Ukraine asked the Russian authorities to help him move to Russia as part of the government's repatriation program, but this year Russia's migration authorities have already received more than 1,000 such applications.

In 2013, 32,000 work permits were issued to Ukrainian citizens in the Central Federal District, and another 2,000 Ukrainian citizens received Russian passports, he added.

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