Pro-Russian politician and close Putin ally Viktor Medvedchuk was captured by Ukrainian secret services in a “lightning-fast and dangerous” mission.
Medvedchuk, who escaped house arrest during the first days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, was recaptured wearing military fatigues with a Ukrainian flag patch. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky first announced his arrest on social media.
“A special operation was carried out by the security service of Ukraine. Well done!” the Ukrainian president wrote in a post with a photo of Medvedchuk in handcuffs.
Medvedchuk, 67, was in house arrest since May 2021. He faced charges of treason and attempting to plunder public assets in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. His arrest drew anger from the Kremlin and Putin himself, who threatened to respond to what he called a “political persecution.”