Relatives of Elena Belova, a 65-year-old woman who has been detained in Russia’s capital city of Moscow on suspicion of setting fire to a Russian military official’s car, claimed she was “hypnotized by Ukrainians” to perform the act, Russian Telegram messengers reported on Aug. 28.
Local media reported on Aug. 27 that an elderly woman had been detained in Moscow on suspicion of setting fire to a BMW X6 car owned by Evgeniy Sekretarev, the Deputy Chief of the 8th Directorate of the Russian General Staff.
According to relatives, the detainee had been in contact with some criminals for the past few days.
Belova’s son-in-law claims that she was abducted by Ukrainian special services who “hypnotized” her, and then demanded RUB 500,000 (about $8,300) for her release.
Her relatives noted the woman always supported the “special military operation,” which Russia is conducting against Ukraine.
They say she was convinced that she would take part in a “special operation” in this way, while she considered the police officers who had detained her to be thugs to whom she should say “hello from Azov.” The suspect chanted “Azov is power” during the detention.
The term “special military operation” is used by Kremlin propagandists to refer to the war that Russia is waging against Ukraine. It is used to mask from the Russian public the true intentions of the Russian military campaign, which is to invade and occupy Ukraine.