Russian citizen Alexander Franchetti was detained at the international airport in Prague, TASS reports with reference to the Russian embassy in the Czech Republic.
“The Czech police have confirmed to us the fact that Russian citizen Alexander Franchetti was detained at the Prague airport,” they said, adding that the consular representative had left for the place of detention, and the Russian side was in contact with the Czech authorities and the relatives of the detainee.
As the agency notes, citing sources in the local police, the Russian was detained on the basis of an international arrest warrant issued by Ukraine.
Alexander Molokhov, head of the working group on international legal issues at the permanent representation of the Republic of Crimea under the President, told RIA Novosti that Franchetti was one of the participants in the events of the so-called “Crimean Spring”, as a result of which the peninsula became part of Russia in March 2014 G..
The annexation of Crimea was preceded by a referendum on the status of the peninsula, as a result of which the overwhelming majority of the region’s residents voted for the transition to Russian jurisdiction.