Former MP’s brother, sentenced to five years for terrorism, asks to be sent to Russia in exchange

6 December 2022, 06:44 PM
Mykhailo Tsaryov (Photo:Screenshot of SBU video / Telegram)

Mykhailo Tsaryov (Photo:Screenshot of SBU video / Telegram)

The brother of former MP Oleg Tsaryov, Mykhailo Tsaryov, has been found guilty of planning bomb attacks in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast and has been sentenced to five years in prison, the SBU Security Service of Ukraine press service reported on Telegram on Dec. 6.

Tsaryov was detained in May 2022 during a special operation in Dnipro. Now he is asking to be exchanged for Ukrainian prisoners in Russia.

Tsaryov was following orders from the Russian secret services to destabilize the socio-political situation in the region, the SBU’s message reads.

For this purpose, Tsaryov prepared a series of explosions at strategically important objects of transport and critical infrastructure.

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In the event of the capture of the region, the invaders promised him the “post” of head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast state administration.

During the law enforcement raids, SBU officers found weapons and ammunition, explosives for terrorist attacks, bank cards and passports of a Russian citizen in a specially fitted hiding place.

According to Article 258 (terrorist act) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, Tsaryov could have faced up to 15 years in prison.  Due to his cooperation with investigators, the court sentenced him to only five years in prison.

The SBU published a video in its Telegram in which the convict asks to be included in the exchange lists with the Russian Federation so that he can go to the aggressor state.

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