June 5, 2023

Alexander Permyakov, suspected of blowing up the car of the writer Zakhar Prilepin, told the police officers who detained him that he was catching partridges, said Dmitry Voevodin, a district police officer of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the urban district of Semenovsky.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs published a video with the stories of the district police officers about the detention of Permyakov.

This person was stopped by the police [на выезде из деревни Козлово], the identity of this citizen was established, he aroused suspicion. At first, this person told us that he was catching partridges in the pond of the area. But there were no partridges in this section of the lake, and there were no partridges either, ”-

Voevodin said.

According to senior district police officer Alexander Sokolov, he had two passports with him: Ukrainian and Russian.

During the conversation, he confessed and was taken to the police department.

Earlier, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev decided to reward the police officers who detained the suspect in the assassination attempt on Prilepin.

Prilepin’s Audi Q7 was blown up in the Nizhny Novgorod region the day before. The writer was wounded and his driver died.

According to the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, Gleb Nikitin, Prilepin was operated on, after which he was put into a drug-induced sleep in order to “recover faster.”

The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on the terrorist act (Article 205 of the Criminal Code).

A few hours later, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced the arrest of a suspect. It turned out to be Alexander Permyakov. The UK said he confessed.

The detainee claimed that in 2018 he was recruited by the Ukrainian special services and acted on their instructions. According to him, he was born in Ukraine, in 2022 he came to Russia in order to “murder, eliminate Zakhar Prilepin.”

The method of killing is a remote explosion with two anti-tank mines. I’m sorry for what I did,”

he claimed.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) did not confirm or deny its involvement in the explosion of Prilepin’s car.

Moscow blamed both Ukraine and Western countries, primarily the United States, for the assassination attempt on the writer.

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