The Czech police detained Russian citizen Alexander Franchetti at the Prague airport – in 2014 he participated in the annexation of Crimea to Russia. About this RIA Novosti reported Alexander Molokhov, head of the working group on international legal issues at the Permanent Mission of Crimea under the President of Russia.
He called Franchetti “a famous hero of the Crimean Spring” and notedthat the Ukrainian authorities brought charges against him. “The Czech Republic, apparently, decided to justify in fact the inclusion in the list of countries unfriendly to Russia. <...> Him [Франчетти] immediate deportation to Ukraine to certain death threatens, “Molokhov said.
Information about the detention of a Russian confirmed in the press service of the Czech police. They indicated that “Ukraine issued an international arrest warrant for him.” At the Russian Embassy in Prague RBC statedthat a representative of the consular department of the diplomatic mission left for the detainee. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry did not comment on the information.
According to Radio Prague and editions iRozhlas, Franchetti has a residence permit (residence permit) in Prague and works as a fitness trainer. Sources note that the activist has been living in the Czech Republic since 2000.
In February 2014, a few days before the annexation of Crimea to Russia, Franchetti arrived on the peninsula, where he created the North Wind reconnaissance group. She numbered 12 people, was engaged in the protection of power lines and gas pipelines, as well as identifying some “extremist groups.” Franchetti himself toldthat his group cooperated with the command of the Russian Navy.