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SEVASTOPOL, March 16, /ITAR-TASS/. Law enforcement officers have established masterminds in an attempted abduction of Sevastopol City Council member Gennady Basov. The deputy had not been abducted and was safe and sound, sources from the headquarters of Sevastopol’s self-defence forces told Tass.
Earlier reports said nine unidentified men abducted Basov in the city centre between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15.
“In fact, self-defence forces and law enforcement agencies had information about preparations to abduct me and take me to Kiev, so we decided to ‘live-lure’ these violators,” Basov himself told reporters. “For that we had to spread the information about my abduction,” he added.
According to the self-defence forces, two men suspected of masterminding the abduction were detained in the operation. One of them has already witnessed. According to him, former defence minister of Ukraine and former deputy of the Batkivshchina Party, Anatoly Gritsenko, as well as a certain Burban, deputy transport minister of Ukraine, could have been involved in the abduction attempt.
According to available data, one of the perpetrators of the crime was identified as Vadim Televyak. He lives in Sevastopol and was also member of the Batkivshchina Party earlier.