CRIMEA – The Federal Security Service (FSB) detained a gang member in the Republic of Crimea for storing 12 kg of TNT. According to the intelligence service, the accused is related to the nationalist organization “Noman Chelebidzhikhan’s battalion” TASS reports today, December 19th. Noman Chelebidzhikhan was a prominent figure in Crimean Tatar history. He was head of the Crimean Tatar national government in 1917-1918, and was a writer, poet, and the author of the national anthem.
The suspect is a 57-year-old citizen of Russia. He was detained on December 12th at the border of the Crimea. Currently, he is charged under Part 2 of Art. 222 and Part 2 of Art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for the illegal acquisition, storage, carrying of ammunition and explosives.
As a militia established in the spring of this year, this member of the gang organized a cache for storing weapons and explosives on the territory of the peninsula. It was in this cache that 12 kg of TNT and 200 cartridges for firearms were found.
In May of this year, it became known that the FSB disclosed the activities of an extremist group in the Crimea, created by Assistant Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev. According to the intelligence services, the “Noman Chelebidzhikhan battalion” is under the control of Lenur Islyamov, an ally of Mustafa Abduldzhemil Dzhemilev, member of the Ukrainian Parliament since 1998. He is the recognized leader of the Crimean Tatar National Movement and a former Soviet dissident.
This is a developing story, and will updated regularly.