Media: ex-governor of Sevastopol Dmitry Ovsyannikov arrested in London
Instructive news for everyone trying to keep their seat on two chairs. For you cannot serve both your native country and mammon… The ex-governor of Sevastopol (2016-2019) and former deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Dmitry Ovsyannikov was detained in his London home by the British police. According to the newspaper «The Times«, Ovsyannikov is suspected of violating the sanctions regime and money laundering. A preliminary hearing in his case in a London court is scheduled for February 20. Pending trial, an ex-official from Russia was arrested.
Let us note that this news is not on the website of the British publication, but the message is not fake; the article about Ovsyannikov was published in print and is available in the PDF version of The Times.
TASS clarifies: The British National Crime Agency (NCA) told the publication that the 46-year-old Russian was detained on January 22. He is accused of deliberately attempting to circumvent sanctions. According to the newspaper, Ovsyannikov received transfers totaling £65 thousand ($82.5 thousand) to an account that he had previously opened in one of the banks of the HBOS financial group in London. £77.5 thousand ($98.5 thousand) in cash was also seized from him, presumably also obtained as a result of illegal financial transactions.
Since November 2017, Ovsyannikov has been on the sanctions list of the United Kingdom Foreign Office, which involves the seizure of his assets in the country and restriction of access to financial services. As stated in the explanation to the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ovsyannikov “participated in destabilizing Ukraine, undermining or creating a threat to its territorial integrity,” and also “benefited from the support of the Russian government.”
Ovsyannikov was previously blacklisted by the European Union and the United States, but in 2022, the European Court, at the request of a Russian, annulled the decisions of the EU Council over the past two years to extend sanctions against him. In court, Ovsyannikov drew attention to the fact that he was no longer the governor of Sevastopol and stated that restrictions prevented him from doing business, in particular in Cyprus.
Ovsyannikov was the governor of Sevastopol in 2016-2019, and in October 2019 he became the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. After the scandal he caused on April 5, 2020 at the Izhevsk airport, Ovsyannikov was expelled from the United Russia party, and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin relieved him of his post as deputy minister.
Well, how can we not remember the 2019 prophecy from Sevastopol…